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What was the treatment for your black eye?

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What is the treatment for a black eye?

Home remedies

Home remedies for black eye include rest and ice applied early after the injury help to decrease swelling and pain.

Ice helps decrease swelling by constricting blood vessels, by decreasing fluid accumulation, and by cooling and numbing the area.

  • Apply ice for 20 minutes every hour, for the first 24 hours (a package of frozen vegetables such as peas or corn can be used as it will conform to the shape of the face better than ice cubes).
  • To avoid potential cold injury to the site, wrap the ice or frozen object in a cloth or use a commercial ice pack.
  • Do not use raw meat on a black eye as putting potentially bacteria-laden meat on a mucous membrane or an open skin injury can be dangerous.

Medical care

FFor simple, uncomplicated black eyes, the treatment prescribed by health care professionals is similar to home treatment:

  • ice;
  • pain medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) (avoid taking aspirin (unless prescribed by your doctor or cardiologist for your heart] because this may increase bleeding);
  • rest; and
  • protection of the injured area.

Avoid possibly injurious activities until after the eye has healed.

For more complicated injuries, the patient may be referred to an appropriate specialist; such as an ophthalmologist, who can treat the patient's injuries to the eye itself, or an otorhinolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat [ENT]), or an oral/maxillofacial surgeon for fractures to the face.

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