Chest Contusion

ExitCare ImageA contusion is a deep bruise. Bruises happen when an injury causes bleeding under the skin. Signs of bruising include pain, puffiness (swelling), and discolored skin. The bruise may turn blue, purple, or yellow.

HOME CARE

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between the skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes at a time, 03-04 times a day for the first 48 hours.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Rest.

  • Take deep breaths (deep-breathing exercises) as told by your doctor.

  • Stop smoking if you smoke.

  • Do not lift objects over 5 pounds (2.3 kilograms) for 3 days or longer if told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have more bruising or puffiness.

  • You have pain that gets worse.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You are dizzy, weak, or pass out (faint).

  • You have blood in your pee (urine) or poop (stool).

  • You cough up or throw up (vomit) blood.

  • Your puffiness or pain is not helped with medicines.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.