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Chest infections are one of the most common complications following a chest injury.
This is because you may not be able to breath or cough effectively due to pain and also because you may be moving around less than usual.
Symptoms of this include being feverish and producing discoloured sputum (coughing up green, yellow or brown sputum).
Pneumothorax (air in the space around the lung may cause shortness of breath, increasing chest pain, or pain away from the injury site).
Less common complications include
The most important thing you can do is to try to avoid developing a chest infection while your injury heals.
You should talk to your general practitioner (GP) regularly to ensure you have adequate pain relief as this will reduce your risk of complications.
Even after following the advice in this leaflet, some people may still develop a chest infection after being discharged home. Please seek further medical advice from your GP if you experience any of the following
If your job involves a lot of manual handling or lifting, it may be necessary to discuss with your employer whether you can do other duties while your injury heals.
If you have any concerns about your return to work, it may be helpful to discuss these with your GP.
If you have any further queries about your current injuries please contact your GP or ring 111 for advice.
Call 999 or urgently visit your Emergency Department if you experience the following symptoms
This information is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
This article is intended for patients receiving care in Brighton & Hove or Haywards Heath.