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My ribs hurt from coughing too much! feels almost broken, i haven't taken motrin because i'm pregnant. Should i apply cold or warm compress on area?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Yes

Could actually use either, but usually start with cool compresses and see if helps.
Can use occasional tylenol (acetaminophen) if having discomfort that keeps you from falling asleep.

In brief: Yes

Could actually use either, but usually start with cool compresses and see if helps.
Can use occasional tylenol (acetaminophen) if having discomfort that keeps you from falling asleep.
Dr. Donald Alves
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Dr. Nirmal Nandakumar
Emergency Medicine

In brief: You may take tylenol (acetaminophen)

Which is safe in pregnancy and i would recommend warm compress to area.

In brief: You may take tylenol (acetaminophen)

Which is safe in pregnancy and i would recommend warm compress to area.
Dr. Nirmal Nandakumar
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: Probably cold...

If the pain acutely happened today, or in the past 24 hours or so, then apply a cold compress to the area.
If it has been going on for a few days, then a warm compress should be applied. You also need to find out the etiology of your cough. Possibilities include acute bronchitis, pneumonia, bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, etc. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment!

In brief: Probably cold...

If the pain acutely happened today, or in the past 24 hours or so, then apply a cold compress to the area.
If it has been going on for a few days, then a warm compress should be applied. You also need to find out the etiology of your cough. Possibilities include acute bronchitis, pneumonia, bronchospasm, gerd, post-nasal drip, etc. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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