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Medicine For Pleuritis
Viral infection (influenza, mumps)
lung infections from bacteria (eg, tuberculosis) or parasites (eg, amebiasis)
liver and kidney disease (chronic)
sickle cell disease
inflammatory bowel disease
after a heart attack.
drug reaction (nitrofurantoin). ...Read more
Pleuritis: Pleuritis or pleurisy is the inflammation of pleura (the lining of the lungs and the cavity they are in). Usually, viral in nature, it only requires time and sometimes anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen/naproxen to treat. Occasionally, Prednisone (steroid antiinflammatory) may be needed. Other causes may be autoimmune (in that case specific therapy is recommended) etc. ...Read more
Several weeks: Depending on the cause, the pain may disappear more slowly or more quickly. Pleurisy is usually a sign of infection of the lining of the lung between the lung and the wall of the chest. If it is a bacterial germ that is doing it, then an antibiotic will speed the improvement. If there is pneumonia (with cough and likely fever), the treatment may take longer as well. ...Read more
No difference: Basically same.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can you have pleuritis with the reason being you have had it previously? Dr has ruled out everything else.
Yes, talk to the MD: It is important for the doctor to know what other symptoms (cough, fever, being short of breath, chest pain, etc.) go along with the pleuritis and whether they are getting worse or better. Special xrays and other tests can see what's wrong and whether it is getting better or worse. ...Read more
Lupus: Lupus.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can excessive dry coughing or nose bowing cause pleuritis? I have no idea how I got it. How can I treat this if I don't know the causes.
No: I'm not a lung specialist. However, pleuritis is inflammation, or infection (pleurisy) of the outer covering of the lung, or space between Kung and inner chest wall. It's possible that extreme pressures could pop a lung blob, or bubble resulting in infection. Intense coughing might do that. ...Read more
Chronic chest pain x 1yr. Had pericard and pleuritis/effusions then, but continue to have chest pain Still have to sleep basically sitting up. Cause?
G'NightSweetPrincess: At your age, you need a full evaluation by a doctor (preferably a cardiologist) to evaluate the current condition of your heart. You may have a long term complication of your prior heart problems or a new development or, more likely, both. Either that, or have a new bed constructed so you can sleep upright more comfortably. I prefer the former suggestion and as soon as possible for you. ...Read more
Pleuritis. Prednisone 10 mg 4 pills for 3 days 3 for 3 days etc. Pain ok but hard to breathe at night. On day 4 of meds. Back to dr or wait?
See your doctor: As soon as possible! You should already have some relief with your current treatment. Need re-evaluation. Run some tests or x- ray etc. Depending on findings. ...Read more
Very confused. Today doctors said I have pleuritis instead? How can they say that based off just symptoms? Is it fatal? Gave me no treatment.
Instead of what?: It sounds like you asked a previous question. The questions are not kept in a thread here. I am sorry, but I don't know what you are referring to. Any sort of "itis" is inflammation. It should not be fatal unless there is way more going on than that. If you are concerned that what you have could be fatal, you should let your doctor know about your concern. I do hope they can put you at ease. ...Read more
Lupus: These would be classic for lupus erythematosus but some people have several diagnostic criteria for lupus and still do not have the disease. See a rheumatologist to best determine the diagnosis. Pleurisy and arthritis go together in other disease also. Many of the possibilities are treatable. ...Read more
What to do if I have polyarthritis with mild pleuritis and a mild malar rash. What could this be?
Hx of frequent pneumonia and asthma. 1 episode of sharp lt sided chest and shoulder pain, 7/10. Lasted only seconds, no other sx. Pleuritis?
Doubtful: Pleuritic pain usually lasts for days if not weeks. I am more concerned about the recurrent bouts of pneumonia. Do you have issues with water damage at the home? If so, exposure to molds may cause a condition known as hypersensitivity pneumonitis and avoidance is the only sure cure. ...Read more
So what specifically is happening when a heavy smoker begins to get recurring pleuritis directly caused by the cigarette smoking? No cancer or asthma
To attribute recurrent pleuritis to smoking cigarettes is perhaps problematic. I'm not an expert in recurring pleuritis but I would be looking for other possibilities. Chronic coughing might make irritation of the pleura more likely but I'm not aware of the chronic bronchitis so common in smokers being the source of pleuritis
you may have heard this from someone who knows more than I or not. ...Read more
SLE pt. SED rate >140 but CRP normal. Dr says I have pleuritis but SED has never been this high. Trying to understand.?
Unusual: A normal CRP suggests that there is no significant inflammation going on. The SED rate can be elevated when there is anemia or estrogen treatment even without inflammation. In general, I prefer CRP. As for pleuritis, it is a clinical diagnosis and not diagnosed by a lab test. There may be other explanations for this discrepancy but the above is what I can think of. ...Read more
How long does it take for pleuritis to dissolve? Had it got two months now. Hurts to breathe in, shortness of breath, horrible condition.
How long does pleuritis last. Also my left lung was not opening all the way on the cat scan. Is that from pleuritis? I was not given anything for it
Depends: On the underlying cause of the inflammation. Usually few weeks. NSAID's that you are taking will help with controlling inflammation and pain. When you take deep breaths, you get pain from inflammation. Thereby, you naturally breath shallow, causing smaller opening in lungs. As the inflammation reduces, you will be able to take deeper breaths, and rectify the issue. ...Read more