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Is pleurisy contagious? Can it spread to the other lung?

Is pleurisy contagious? Can it spread to the other lung?

Yes: There are several infectious and non-infectious causes of pleurisy. Depending on the underlying cause and its severity, it can also progress from one side to the other in the same patient. Whether a patient with pleurisy is contagious for others will depend on the fact that whether the underlying cause/primary disease process is due to an infectious organism that can easily spread through air. ...Read more

Dr. Nisha Surenderanath
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Pleurisy (Definition)

Pleurisy is inflammation in the tissue that covers the lungs and chest wall. The main symptoms are chest pain associated with breathing. Treatments for pleurisy vary ...Read more


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What one is worse to have pneumonia or pleurisy and are they both contagious please answer asap?

What one is worse to have pneumonia or pleurisy and are they both contagious please answer asap?

Pneumonia & Pleurisy: Pneumonia is usually a severe infection to either bacteria or virus. Pleurisy is usually a secondary illness or consequence of a lung infection. There are so many different scenarios with both that I am not sure how to answer the rest of your question. Neither of them are good to have. And, both require some treatment. ...Read more

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How painful is pleurisy?

How painful is pleurisy?

Pain: Pein is perceived. There is no scale to predict pain. Physicians would never tell you how you will experience pain. It is the other way around. You tell us your experience. ...Read more

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If I have pleurisy can it reaccur?

If I have pleurisy can it reaccur?

Yes it can: Pleurisy is inflammation of which can occur due to multiple reasons eg viral, bacterial inf, collagen vascular diseases etc. ...Read more

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What happens is pleurisy is untreated?

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. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more