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Medicine For Pleuritis
Many factors: Viral infection (influenza, mumps) lung infections from bacteria (eg, tuberculosis ) or parasites (eg, amebiasis) lupus asbestosis pancreatitis rheumatoid arthritis cancer metastases liver and kidney disease (chronic) sickle cell disease inflammatory bowel disease after a heart attack . Heart failure pulmonary embolism chest injury 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
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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
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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