How to recognize and treat intercostal pains: keep cold, stress and intestinal gas under control.
Intercostal pains often strike when the cold season or temperature changes arrive. You may experience stabbing chest pains that often take your breath away. Most of the times it is a temporary inflammation, while sometimes it may be related to a heart condition. If you have doubts, it is better to see a doctor.
After a check up, if it is just a cold or an inflammation, you can use homemade remedies to relieve and prevent the pain.
How to recognize intercostal pains?
This type of pains occurs with cramps under the rib cage. Moreover, you can experience muscle pains, especially if you neglected the problem. In order to avoid this discomfort to spread along the sternum, we recommend prompt intervention.
Intercostal pains: causes
Sternum pains are often caused by a cold and a sprain. This may happen if after sport activities you did not wear warm clothes or if you did not warm up. If the temperatures are low, outdoor physical efforts may cause muscle inflammations and then intercostal pains.
Do not underestimate anxiety and stress, which may cause a feeling of tightness in the chest.
Intestinal gas and food in the stomach may also cause a feeling of heaviness and intercostal pains, making you feel breathless.
Intercostal pains: remedies
If you are experiencing these pains due to a cold or a muscle contraction, the ideal is having a massage.
Arnica is one of the natural remedies you can use in case of intercostal pains. You can buy it in gel at the herbalist’s shop and lightly massage it on the sore area two or three times a day. You can also try aloe vera, which has a strong soothing power.
Devil’s claw has extraordinary anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. You can apply it on the sore area in cream or drops and lightly massage it twice a day.
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