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Is pleurisy ever fatal?

Is pleurisy ever fatal?

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, . ...Read more

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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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How long does a person with pleurisy have to live?

Depends on cause: It depends on the underlying cause of pleurisy. If treated adequately, most underlying causes of pleurisy are not fatal. ...Read more

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What is pleurisy?

Lining of lung: Pleuritis, or pleurisy, is an inflammation of the lining (parietal and visceral pleura) of the lung. It can result from a viral infection, which is a common cause of pleuritic chest pain in young adults. Other causes include autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, and drugs that can cause a lupus-like syndrome. ...Read more

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Is pleurisy dangeous to you?

Is pleurisy dangeous to you?

Yes: This applies to irritation of the tissues lining the lungs. There are two layers to this, with a potential space between them. When inflammation of these tissues occurs, knowing the cause is important. It can also result in inflammatory materials accumulating between the parietal and visceral plurae with resultant pleural effusion or empyema. This can be quite severe. ...Read more

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What can be done for pleurisy?

Chest pain: Pleuricy is a painful irritation of the lining of the lung.If the pain persists, you need to find out what the cause of the irritation is. ...Read more

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What are some remedies for pleurisy?

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

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Is pleurisy a sign of something dangerous?

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. ...Read more

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What is pleurisy and what are the symptoms of it?

See below: Pleurisy is inflammation of the lining of the lungs and chest (the pleura) that leads to chest pain (usually sharp) when you take a breath or cough. Pleurisy can cause fluid to collect inside the chest cavity. This can make breathing difficult and may cause the following symptoms: •bluish skin color (cyanosis) •coughing •shortness of breath •rapid breathing (tachypnea). ...Read more