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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Pleuritis (Overview)

Inflammation or infection of the pleura- lining covering lungs and ribcage.


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What do you recommend for pleuritis?

What do you recommend for pleuritis?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
59 doctors shared insights

Pleuritis (Overview)

Inflammation or infection of the pleura- lining covering lungs and ribcage.


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What are the major presenting symptoms of pleuritis?

What are the major presenting symptoms of pleuritis?

Treat the underlying: Most often associated with pneumonia. May need antibiotics, pain medications, cough suppressants etc see my previous answers. Inflammation of pleura lining of lung. ...Read more

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Pleuritis (Tip)

Do's: try to ask your doctor the underlying cause. Don't : don't ignore pleurisy symptoms. ...See more

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Treating Pleurisy (Checklist)

Avoid inhaling chemical fumes or cigarette smoke
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Use medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen to relieve pain
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Alert your doctor if you start having fevers, muscle aches or chills
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Nuclear stress test earlier today. diangosis w pleuritis last week. On pred. Heart racing since test. Not bad but noticeable at around 90 at rest. Related?

Nuclear stress test earlier today. diangosis w pleuritis last week. On pred. Heart racing since test. Not bad but noticeable at around 90 at rest. Related?

Tachycardia: This mild increase in your resting heart rate is most likely related to inflammation or low grade fever. Is there any associated lung problem associated with the plueritic inflammation? Tylenol (acetaminophen) may help reduce inflammation,temperature, and the heart rate. Your physician is best qualified to advise you as he/she knows all your findings. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pleuritis?

What are the tests for pleuritis?

Clinical exam: Usually determined by clinical exam. There are no specific tests but chest x ray may reveal pneumonia. ...Read more

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Pleuritis (Tip)

Anti-inflammatories, pain meds and treat underlying cause. ...See more

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So what specifically is happening when a heavy smoker begins to get recurring pleuritis directly caused by the cigarette smoking? No cancer or asthma

So what specifically is happening when a heavy smoker begins to get recurring pleuritis directly caused by the cigarette smoking? No cancer or asthma

Good question: 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

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Pleuritis (Tip)

Do drink water, take NSAID, breath slowly. Don't get dehydrated or irritate with too much activity. ...See more

Dr. Nisha Surenderanath
272 doctors shared insights

Pleurisy (Definition)

Inflammation of the tissues that line the ...Read more