Published on August 3rd, 2013 | by Tom0
How To Treat Bruised Ribs
Rib injuries are commonly seen during sports, if you unfortunately get a bruised rib, you may experience pain when you are breathing, sneezing or coughing. If you feel severely painful or breathless, call an ambulance immediately, while for non-severe bruised ribs, here are things you can do to ease pain and speed the recovery.
Home treatment for bruised ribs
- Painkillers. Buy over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol in the local health stores. And take it regularly by following the instructions. Remember do not take it if you are under 16.
- Cold compress. A cold compress is very useful in alleviating the swelling and pain. Apply an ice pack or a bag with frozen vegetables or fruits to your bruised rib for pain relief.
- Rest. It is hard for you to continue your activity after you get a rib injury. So just forget everything and have a good rest. You can read a book or see a movie or just lie down and sleep. It is very important to have enough rest for a quick recovery.
- Avoid smoking and alcohol. When you are healing up from your bruised rib, you should definitely quit smoking and drinking alcohol, ask your friends for help if necessary.
- Manage your breathing. Although, it is painful to breathe, it is totally wrong to restrict it. Your lungs need to expand properly, so try to breathe deeply and slowly to let your lungs have a fully inflation. Do not wrap your chest around with tight bandage, which may lead to pneumonia.
Tips & Warnings
- Seek professional medical assistance if you are having any of the symptoms:
- Sudden shortness of breath
- Increasing pain in your chest or shoulder
- Severe coughing or fever
- Symptoms above may indicate an infection in the chest, or the broken of ribs which cause damage to the lungs.