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Doctor insights on: Pleurisy Risk Factors

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What is pleurisy?

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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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 causes pleurisy?

Pleurisy, or: Inflammation of the membrane caoting the outside of the lung and inside of the rib cage, can be caused by a variety of conditions including infections, tumors and trauma. By far, the most common cause is a viral infection that causes inflammation and therefore pain with each breath. Controlling the pain and giving your body time to fight off the virus is usualy the 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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Home relief for pleurisy?

Home relief for pleurisy?

Ibuprofen: But you may be missing a more serious illness so it's not recommended. ...Read more

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What exactly is pleurisy?

Pain from the lung: Pleurisy is pain cased by inflammation and/or friction between the lung and the inside of the chest wall. Since every breath causes motion between these two structiures, it can become quite painful. A varitety of conditions can cause the irritation and treatment is focused on symptoms as well as the root cause of the inflammation. ...Read more

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What happens if pleurisy?

Pleurisy description: Pleurisy is inflammation of the lining of the lungs & can be caused by a variety of conditions such as infections, autoimmune disorders, cancers etc. Symptoms include chest pain, fever, cough & other features related to underlying disease process. Treatment requires management of underlying cause & providing symptomatic relief. Consult a lung specialist for discussing its workup & management. ...Read more

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How long can pleurisy last?

Depends on the cause: The resolution after the cause is removed varies based on the original cause. Best to ask the md who treated you. They will have the most info to base an estimate on. ...Read more