how common is pluerisy?
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Pediatrics 33 years experience
Haven't seen numbers: Haven't seen numbers on the incidence of pleurisy. Perhaps the symptom is not being officially tracked or counted. Many conditions can cause pleurisy, including bacterial infections (pneumonia or tuberculosis), viral infections, rheumatic diseases, immune disorders, chest trauma, certain cancers, etc... However, pleurisy has gotten much less common in the modern age of antibiotics.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Is pleurisy ever fatal?
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Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
No, but read anyway.: Pleurisy is not a disease, it is a generic term used to describe symptoms of chest pain, usually quite sharp, worsens with deep breaths, and often associated with a viral illness (flu for example). By itself it is not fatal, but some rare causes of pleurisy (emboli, or blood clots e.g.) are serious. If you're concerned about the severity or persistence of this pain, you should see your doctor, .
A 23-year-old female asked:
What are the healing signs and symptoms of pleurisy?
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Specializes in Family Medicine
Less pain: Pleurisy is usually painful. A lessening of the pain suggests healing.
A 70-year-old member asked:
What is pleurisy? what causes it, and what are the treatments?
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Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Pleurisy: Pleurisy is an inflammation of the lining of the lung tissues, pleura. Some of the causes include infections (viral, bacterial, tb, fungal), autoimmune diseases, blood clots, and injuries. Treatments should be directed towards the underlying cause such as antibiotics for the bacterial infection. Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs can help control the pain associated with it.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Is pleurisy a sign of something dangerous?
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Pulmonology 38 years experience
Depends on cause: There are two layers of pleura, one layer surrounds the lung and the other covers the chest wall. There is a thin layer of fluid between the two layers so the lungs glide smoothly against the chest when breathing. Inflammation of those surfaces can cause pain and causes include infection (bacterial/viral), blood clots, post traumatic/surgery but other causes such as cancer are possible.
A 29-year-old member asked:
What are some remedies for pleurisy?
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Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Tincture of time +: Most cases of pleurisy are viral caused, so that time--usually under three weeks--will heal. Ice application alternating with heat may help. Analgesics such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxyn (aspirin related medication) will bring relief. If very severe--codeine. But if caused by infection, blood clot to the lung, traumatic bleeding, or immune reaction, must DX and rx specifically.
Last updated Dec 9, 2013
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