Since he is experiencing a pain during breathing, he could be having a fracture
of the ribs . he will be diagnosed by a chest x-ray. But if it is absolutely not possible for you to go to a hospital , you can follow the below steps . you will need to contact a physician immediately in case of any complications.
Take a pain killer such as NSAID
, he can take Tab . Diclofenac
single tab , 2 times a day , after food (if not allergic to it)
40mg once in the morning , half an hour before food.
To ease the pain of coughing, support the rib area ,with a towel or a pillow.
Any strenuous activities should be avoided for the next three to four weeks , but after this, physical exercise can be undertaken as pain allows.
if he develop fever, uncontrollable cough, abdominal pain
, have increased difficulty breathing
or cough up thick or discoloured sputum contact your doctor or a hospital urgently
also he should stop smoking
completely atleast for the next 3 to 4 weeks , to avoid irritation of the lungs and airways and to allow for the healing of the fracture