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Chest injury treatments

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.

If you notice that the colour of the mucus you cough up has changed, you should see a doctor, as this may be a sign of chest infection.

You should get help by going to an emergency department or calling triple zero (000) for an ambulance if:

  • you are having trouble breathing
  • you are coughing blood.
  • you might have internal bleeding

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).

Last reviewed: August 2015

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