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Any person who may have a concussion needs to see a doctor. Some people have to stay in the hospital to be watched. Others can go home safely. If you go home, follow your doctor’s instructions. He or she will tell you if you need someone to watch you closely for the next 24 hours or longer.
Rest is the best treatment. Get plenty of sleep at night. And try to rest during the day.
Avoid activities that are physically or mentally demanding. These include housework, exercise, and schoolwork. And don’t play video games, send text messages, or use the computer. You may need to change your school or work schedule to be able to avoid these activities.
Ask your doctor when it’s okay to drive, ride a bike, or operate machinery.
Take an over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve). Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
Check with your doctor before you use any other medicines for pain.
Do not drink alcohol or use illegal drugs. They can slow recovery. They can also increase your risk of getting a second head injury.
The Stanford Medicine Online Second Opinion program offers you easy access to our world-class doctors. It’s all done remotely and you don’t have to visit our hospital or one of our clinics for this service. You don’t even need to leave home!