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What causes swelling around eyebrow injury stitches?

Yesterday I slipped on some ice and fell on my face. My right eyebrow just about split wide open horizontally and required 8 stitches. There is a lot of swelling around that general area, and basically the whole upper right corner of my face is a giant black eye. Now here is where my concern lies. I m a heavy marijuana smoker, and it s actually helped a lot with the pain from this injury, but I would like to know whether the cannabis is having the same effect on my brain or not, due to what happened to me. I believe cannabis, when ingested, dilates the blood vessels behind and around the eyes. Being that there s so much swelling going on, I want to know if the swelling is increasing because I ve been smoking cannabis and therefore dilating and letting more blood flow through that part of my head. Basically, I would just like to know how my habit of cannabis use is going to affect my injury, if it even will.
Thu, 23 Apr 2020
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Hello,

I read carefully your query and understand your concern.

The cannabis consumption can lower the pain level.
It does not affect the swelling.
The swelling is related to the inflammation in the injured area.
I suggest using anti inflammatory medications such as Acetaminophen to relieve the pain.
I also suggest using cold compresses for local application.

Hope my answer was helpful.

If you have further queries feel free to contact me again.

Kind regards!

Dr.Dorina Gurabardhi
General &Family Physician
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What causes swelling around eyebrow injury stitches?

Hello, I read carefully your query and understand your concern. The cannabis consumption can lower the pain level. It does not affect the swelling. The swelling is related to the inflammation in the injured area. I suggest using anti inflammatory medications such as Acetaminophen to relieve the pain. I also suggest using cold compresses for local application. Hope my answer was helpful. If you have further queries feel free to contact me again. Kind regards! Dr.Dorina Gurabardhi General &Family Physician