Black eyes are indeed horrible looking and no matter how much makeup you throw on it, it just doesn't go away. Black eyes are caused by small hemorrhaging when a large impact hits the eye and cheek bone area. Most often the initial coloring is black, and as it starts to heal it will go through a colorful phase starting, at green, then yellow and ending at your original skin color. This article will give some tips on how to manage a black eye, and when to know it is time to visit the doctor.
Things You'll Need
- Hard cold metal object (soda can, flat iron, ice)
First and foremost when encountered with a black eye, cold compress is imperative. One must get a cold object on the wound as soon as possible to avoid swelling and hemorrhage. If you are out in the street and cannot get a bag of ice, a nice cold can of soda works wonders. Head into the nearest store and purchase the coldest can of soda possible. Place on your upper part of the cheek. Never put pressure on the eye, just rest the can on your cheek bone area.
If you are able to get ice, using crushed ice you should place it in a plastic bag and tape it to your forehead so the ice can cover the area. The ice bag should be kept on as long as possible. Ice should be used for the first 24 - 48 hours.
If your eye is swollen shut you should alternate the ice. Place it on your eye for 10 minutes every two hours.
Tips & Warnings
- Take acetaminophen instead of aspirin.
- You should avoid aspirin when you have a black eye. Using aspirin will give your blood a hard time clotting, which in this case is something you would like to happen.
- Do not blow your nose when you have a black eye, this will cause your eye to blow up even more. When you have an injury that can cause a black eye, there can be a chance of having a fracture in the bone of the eye socket. If you blow your nose with this type of fracture, it will allow air out of your sinus adjacent and right into your eye socket. This can lead to infections.
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