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Internal Bleeding (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Internal bleeding may occur in a variety of ways depending upon where the bleeding occurs and under what circumstances. Situations in which one should seek medical care include individuals who:

  • appear cool, clammy, sweaty, and are confused may have significant internal bleeding if there has been recent injury or illness;
  • have signs of a stroke, including confusion, lethargy, loss of vision, change in speech, facial droop, or weakness of one side of the body;
  • are vomiting blood or bleeding from the rectum (rectal bleeding is not normal and could signal the potential of significant blood loss); or
  • has blood in the urine; blood in the urine is not normal but may be due to non-emergent issues such as a bladder infection, or kidney stone and the person should be seek medical care within a reasonable time frame.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/5/2014

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