When should you go to a hospital for costochondritis?
Go to a hospital's emergency room if you have difficulty breathing or if any of the following symptoms occur. These symptoms generally are not associated with costochondritis:
- High fever not responding to fever-reducers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil)
- Signs of infection at the tender spot, such as pus, redness, increased pain, and swelling
- Persistent chest pain of any type associated with nausea, sweating, left arm pain, or any generalized chest pain that is not well localized. These may be signs of a heart attack. If you are not sure what is causing your condition, always go to the emergency room.
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