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If you’ve ever gotten hit on the head at any point in your life, there’s a chance that you may have experienced a concussion. Although it may have been mild if you recovered without any issues. In simpler terms, concussions are the least serious brain injury a person experiences. It usually happens when a person gets hit on the head, where the brain gets shaken suddenly due to the impact of the hit. 

The thing to remember is that concussions may very often result in nothing more than a small pain in the affected area. Though there are some instances where this may also result in something more major, depending on the type of concussion the person has suffered. 

In this article, we’ll tell you about 3 of the most common types of concussions you may come across, and how you can identify and deal with them accordingly, let’s get started. 

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Grade 1 Concussions

Needless to say, this is the mildest form of a migraine which usually only consists of a few minutes of pain and dizziness, resulting from the impact of the blow to the head. However, this usually will clear up within a few minutes, and you should be feeling okay with no other complications. You never lose consciousness when experiencing a mild concussion. It is however possible to experience a certain amount of pain, dizziness, discomfort, or mild nausea, and brain fog. 

The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out whether the concussion belongs to the grade 1 sector, and then figure out how to deliver immediate concussion treatment. Even though this concussion is one of the mildest and doesn’t result in anything life-threatening. It is advisable to take things slow and go easy on yourself for a few days until you no longer feel any kind of pain or soreness in the head or the affected area. Stressing and straining can potentially worsen the situation, so it’s best to not risk taking even a grade 1 concussion too lightly.

Grade 2 Concussions

Grade 2 is a slightly more severe form of a concussion. As one may experience a blow to the head which is worse than a grade 1 concussion. This is a moderate concussion, where the symptoms are slightly worse than grade 1. 

Some of the symptoms may include a loss of consciousness for a few minutes, momentary amnesia, ringing in the ears, pain in the head, and confusion or cloudiness. Whatever the symptoms may be, it’s best to get a doctor’s opinion immediately before assuming that it will clear up in a few days. 

Grade 3 Concussions

This is a more severe form of a concussion which is more damaging and painful than the first two grades. This includes a definite loss of consciousness for 5 minutes (or more). This includes symptoms such as vomiting, amnesia which can last for up to 24 hours, and sometimes even speech difficulty. 

This is the most dangerous type of concussion as well, as it may result in permanent brain damage if you delay getting treated immediately. The first thing to do is to seek immediate medical help. Doing so can save the person’s life and also prevent the damage from permanently affecting the person. 

A doctor will be able to test the reflexes, nervous system, and check if there’s internal bleeding or any other damage with scans such as CT and MRI scans.

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No matter which concussion a person suffers from, he or she must receive medical treatment and diagnosis as soon as possible. This is because everyone responds differently. Therefore, it is impossible to figure out which grade the concussion is solely based on the symptoms one may or may not experience.

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Nadine Westwood

Nadine Westwood is a registered dietitian, travel blogger & fitness lover. In her spare time, she helps save stray animals. Nadine really does enjoy sharing her fitness journey with others who might need help with weight loss or finding a stress reliever.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.

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