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Scalp Contusion in Adults

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 4, 2022.

A scalp contusion is a bruise on your scalp. There is bleeding under the scalp, but the skin is not broken. You may have swelling at the site of the bruise.


Home care:

  • Have someone stay with you for 24 to 48 hours after the injury. Give him the signs of serious injury listed below, such as a seizure or trouble moving. You will need immediate care if you develop signs of a serious injury.
  • Apply ice to your bruise. Ice helps decrease swelling and pain. Ice may also help prevent tissue damage. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel and place it on your bruise for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a headache or neck pain that is getting worse.
  • You are drowsy and confused.
  • You have trouble staying balanced or walking.
  • You are irritable for no reason.
  • You have problems with your vision.
  • You cannot stop vomiting.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Return to the emergency department or have someone call 911 if:

  • You have a seizure.
  • You cannot be awakened.
  • You are not able to move part of your body.
  • Your pupils are different sizes.
  • You have blood or clear fluid coming out of your nose, ears, or mouth.

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