WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A pulmonary contusion is bruising or bleeding of your lung tissue that may cause pain and trouble breathing. It is a common lung injury after a blunt trauma to your chest. The force of the trauma may cause bleeding and swelling inside one or both of your lungs.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Breathe deeply and cough:
This helps to open the air passages and bring up sputum from your lungs. You can breathe deeply and cough on your own, or with the help of an incentive spirometer. An incentive spirometer is a device that can help you take deeper breaths.
Contact your healthcare provider or pulmonologist if:
- You have a fever.
- Your skin becomes red, itches, and you develop a rash after you take your medicines.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You cough up blood.
- You feel dizzy, lightheaded, or faint.
- You have trouble breathing.
- You have chest pain or a heavy feeling in your chest that lasts more than a few minutes.
- You have pain that starts in your chest and spreads to your shoulders, neck, or arms.