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Black Eye (cont.)

Black Eye Self-Care at Home

Rest and ice applied early after the injury help 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 an hour every hour while awake, for the first 24 hours. Do not apply ice directly to the injury.
  • To avoid potential cold injury to the site, wrap the ice in a cloth or use a commercial ice pack. A bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth makes a good ice pack.

Protect the area from further injury. Avoid athletic or other possibly injurious activities until the eye has healed.

Do not put a steak or a piece of raw meat on a black eye. Putting potentially bacteria-laden meat on a mucous membrane or an open skin injury can be dangerous.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/1/2013

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