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What is the treatment for a black eye?
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
FFor simple, uncomplicated black eyes, the treatment prescribed by health care
professionals is similar to home treatment:
pain medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil,
Motrin) (avoid taking
(unless prescribed by your doctor or
cardiologist for your heart] because
this may increase bleeding);
protection of the injured area.
Avoid possibly injurious activities until after the eye has
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.