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Is costochondritis dangerous?

Is costochondritis dangerous?

Not life-threatening: Costochondritis is caused by inflammation of the cartilage of the chest wall. Symptoms include chest wall pain that is reproducible by touching the area on the chest. It also typically hurts to take a deep breath, cough, etc. Treatment with antiinflammatory medications like ibuprofen and heat to the area decreases symptoms until the inflammation resolves. See your doctor to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Christopher Piller
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Costochondritis (Definition)

A medical term to describe an inflammatory condition that occurs in the junction of the cartilage and the bone portions of a long bone. It is most commonly used to describe these changes in the ribs, which is a cause of ...Read more


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How is costochondritis detected?

How is costochondritis detected?

Push on ribs: If the doctor pushes on the ribs or sternum and it reproduces pain, it's likely costochondritis. ...Read more

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Are there any meds for costochondritis?

Are there any meds for costochondritis?

Yes: Any antiinflammatory like nsaids( Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) like meds) will help. Remember to use the smallest possible dosis for the shortest period of time protecting your stomach with food, antacids, h2blockers ( zantac) or ppis (prilosec). ...Read more

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What sort of disease is costochondritis?

What sort of disease is costochondritis?

Painful inflammation: Of the rib cartilage from seat belt any trauma that flexes the rib cage. ...Read more

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Does costochondritis need to be treated?

Yes: For pain and some swelling, it is self limited disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of costochondritis?

Pain: Symptoms include pain in the chest wall. Classically, the pain improves with aspirin. Signs include exquisite tenderness over the chest wall where the ribs and breastplate join together. ...Read more

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Is Costochondritis considered a disability?

Is Costochondritis considered a disability?

No: Disability means a person cannot do something that a person (without a particular illness or problem) can do. Costochondritis is not a disability because a person with costochondritis can still do many or most of the things that people without costochondritis can do. However, one can be disabled in one's own profession... which means that costochondritis may be a disability for a trumpet player. ...Read more

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What would cause recurring costochondritis?

Previous ones: Recurring costochondritis may occur due to the fact that there is a "weak" spot in your rib that had already been inflamed previously. It tends to be prone to subsequent injuries easier than the rest of the ribs. ...Read more

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What is costochondritis and what are the symptoms?

What is costochondritis and what are the symptoms?

Chest inflammation: Pain and inflammation where the rib cage meets the sternum in the middle of the chest. ...Read more

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Is costochondritis contagious?

Is costochondritis contagious?

Tietzes syndrome: No it is not, please refer below for more information See this link: http://www.healthline.com/health/costochondritis ...Read more

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Is there a cure for costochondritis?

Is there a cure for costochondritis?

I do not think so: The goals of treatment are to reduce inflammation and to control pain. To accomplish these goals, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (nsaids) are used, with Ibuprofen usually selected as the drug of choice. Additional treatment, moist heat, and steroid injection.Thank you. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for costochondritis?

Yes: Usually it will calm down with a decent nsaid medication. You may need to refrain from heavy exercises especially using your upper extremities. It can sometimes take several weeks to calm down, but usually is not a chronic problem. ...Read more

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Can costochondritis make skin swell up ?

Can costochondritis make skin swell up ?

Costochondritis: There can be mild swelling at the costochondral sternal junction but it is usually minimal. More common to have more pain than swelling ...Read more

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Can low vit d levels cause costochondritis?

Costochondritis: The cause of costochondritis is not fully understood but is thought to be secondary to overuse, trauma, and possibly a recent upper respiratory infection. There is no clear association with vitamin d levels. ...Read more

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Is there an OTC cure for costochondritis pain?

Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation of the cartilage that connects your breastbone to your ribs. It can be effectively treated with nsaids, such as Ibuprofen (advil) or naprosyn (naproxen) (aleve). Application of ice may be helpful at relieving symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do costochondritis and Crohn's disease differ?

See below: Those are complete different and wholly unrelated conditions. It's like apples to broccoli. Costochondritis is inflammation of the cartilage between your ribs & breastbone & possibly of the ribs too. It's basically bruising. Crohns disease is an inflammatory disease that causes irritation, malabsorption, & diarrhea of the intestines (and possibly the stomach and esophagus) plus other issues. ...Read more

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Is costochondritis a ongoing condition like diabetes ?

Is costochondritis a ongoing condition like diabetes ?

No: No, it is not a chronic condition. Costochondritis is an inflammatory condition that involves the part of the rib where the cartilage and bone join. It usually will resolve or respond to treatment. It is not a chronic condition like diabetes is. ...Read more

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How are costochondritis and Crohn's disease different?

How are costochondritis and Crohn's disease different?

Inflammationlocation: Costochondiritis is inflammation of the cartilage between your ribs and sternum (bone in the middle of your chest) and crohn's disease is inflammation of your large intestine. ...Read more