10 Causes of Rib Pain

By jolene
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Cause #3: Bronchitis

Bronchitis refers to inflammation of the bronchi resulting in wheezing, coughing up mucus, chest discomfort, and shortness of breath. Ongoing coughing and wheezing can lead to rib pain. Bronchitis can be divided into acute (less than three weeks) or chronic. The majority of cases (more than 90 percent) are due to a viral infection that spreads through direct contact or through the air.

Risk factors of bronchitis include air pollution, exposure to dust, and tobacco smoke. Treatment involves paracetamol (acetaminophen), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and rest.

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