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what is pleurisy? what causes it, and what are the treatments?

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Dr. Michio Abe
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.
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You know, if this happens suddenly it could be very serious, especially if you have even the slightest shortness of breath or any discomfort at all in your leg. In that case, you should really go to an ER. Another possibility, but one you don't want to miss, is lung cancer. Hopefully you've seen a doctor already to have this diagnosis, but if not, please go see one.
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Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Lung lining inflamed: Pleurisy is used to describe pain from inflammation of the membranes surrounding the lung and chest wall. It can be caused by many things including infections such as virus and bacteria, autoimmune processes such as lupus. Treatment is based on finding the cause. Often anti inflammatory agents and steroids are used.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is pleurisy ever fatal?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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, .
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A 23-year-old female asked:

What are the healing signs and symptoms of pleurisy?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Less pain: Pleurisy is usually painful. A lessening of the pain suggests healing.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is pleurisy a sign of something dangerous?

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Dr. Stephen Siegel
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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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What happens is pleurisy is untreated?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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.

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