Signs of chest injury can vary, depending on the type of injury. The most common signs and symptoms are:
- pain in the chest that gets worse when laughing, coughing, or sneezing
- difficulty breathing
If the injury is severe, there may be internal bleeding. This might be obvious (e.g. coughing up blood), or not so obvious (e.g. pale and clammy skin, nausea, extreme thirst). If you think you may have internal bleeding, you should call triple zero (000) and ask for an ambulance.
Not sure what to do next?
If you are still concerned about your chest injury, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.
The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).
Last reviewed: August 2015