Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
183 Doctors are Online

Was assaulted and choked. Right side of neck is swollen. Is it residual bruising from the assault?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2005
Answered : 2408 Questions
Question
my girlfriend was assaulted earlier today and choked. She refused to go to the doctor earlier because she felt fine. now her right side of the neck is swollen. Does she need to go to the doctor or is just residual bruising from the assault?
Posted Sat, 2 Nov 2013 in Women's Health
 
 
Answered by Dr. Shanthi.E 29 minutes later
Brief Answer:
she can rest at home

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I am sorry about your girlfriend current health status.

If she does not have any other obvious symptoms like breathing difficulty, development of gross swelling in the neck area, she can rest at home.

I would suggest her to apply cold ice packs locally every hour for the bruise and the swelling to subside.

She could take a tablet of Motrin to reduce the inflammation and swelling. I also request her to drink plenty of water orally.

I wish she recovers quickly.

Regards,

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
 
Follow-up: Was assaulted and choked. Right side of neck is swollen. Is it residual bruising from the assault? 12 minutes later
it is red underneath the chin, and the swelling has stiffened underneath the jaw bone. do I need to go to the hospital???
 
 
Answered by Dr. Shanthi.E 8 minutes later
Brief Answer:
You can go to the hospital if symptoms worsen

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

As I said earlier, if your symptoms are worsening, you can go to the hospital. There is nothing wrong in it.

However, going by your description, it does not seem like a grievous injury to me. Hence, I suggest Motrin and ice packs.

In any way, if you feel the need to go to the hospital, then please go ahead.

Get well soon.

Regards,
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
 
Follow-up: Was assaulted and choked. Right side of neck is swollen. Is it residual bruising from the assault? 52 minutes later
what would cause the swelling?

the pressure of the choking?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Shanthi.E 3 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Yes, you are right

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Yes, the pressure of choking has probably caused the soft tissues around the neck to swell.

This inflammation or reaction is acute. It will subside with continuous ice packs to the affected area.

Hope this helps.

Regards,
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
 
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an OBGYN

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor