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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is costochondritis?

Inflammation of the cartilage connecting ribs to breastbone. Causes include physical strain, prolonged vigorous coughing and viral infections; though in many cases no clear cause is found.

Symptoms of costochondritis

  • Chest pain

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Pain worsens when area is pressed

  • Chest pain when coughing or during deep breathing

Questions your doctor may ask to check for costochondritis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose costochondritis

  • Do you have any chest pain?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Does the pain worsen when you press on the affected area?

  • Do you have a sharp chest pain when you cough or take a deep breath?

Treatment for costochondritis

This condition resolves by itself, but may take several months to fully resolve. Medications like painkillers and anti-inflammation pills can speed up healing. Simple measures like warm compresses and decreasing physical strain can also help.

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