If any part of your chest is bleeding, cover the area with a clean cloth or bandage, and apply consistent pressure to stop the bleeding.
If you are in pain, take pain killers.
If your injury is minor, try to keep moving around and doing what you normally do. But avoid lifting, bending and any strenuous exercise until your pain and other symptoms have gone.
See your GP, go to an emergency department or call an ambulance (000) if you:
- have a fever
- are short of breath
- cough up any yellow/green or red-stained sputum
- have chest pain
- pass any blood in your urine and or stools.
Call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 for advice if:
- your symptoms get worse
- you develop new symptoms
- you become increasingly concerned
- the health and symptom checker has not addressed your symptoms.
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).
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Last reviewed: November 2017