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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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. Eric Weisman
64 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

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What is the treatment for pleuritis?

What is the treatment for pleuritis?

Treat the underlying: Most often associated with pneumonia. May need antibiotics, pain medications, cough suppressants etc. ...Read more

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Can hospital tests detect something major before pleuritis gets worse?

Can hospital tests detect something major before pleuritis gets worse?

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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What is pleuritis?

What is 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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What is chronic pleuritis from?

What is chronic pleuritis from?

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

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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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How long to recover from pleuritis?

It depend on the: Cause and if it is acute or chronic, acute one it take about 2 weeks with the proper medications, in chronic cases go on for month tell the under lying cause improved. ...Read more

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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

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Question about pleurisy/pleuritis. Same?

Question about pleurisy/pleuritis. Same?

I believe so: 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. ...Read more

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How long can it take to recover from pleuritis?

How long can it take to recover from pleuritis?

Depends: Pleuritis, infection or inflammation of the pleura, the membrane covering the lungs, can happen with a large number of reasons and each of them can cause transient or long term issues. Try to find the cause. . ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover with pleuritis?

How long does it take to recover with pleuritis?

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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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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Can you have pleuritis with the reason being you have had it previously? Dr has ruled out everything else.

Can you have pleuritis with the reason being you have had it previously? Dr has ruled out everything else.

Pleuritis: There are many causes of pleuritis, but a common one is viral infection, and viral infections can recur. A wide variety of other medical conditions can cause pleuritis. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for pleuritis?

Treat the underlying: Most often associated with pneumonia. May need antibiotics, pain medications, cough suppressants etc. ...Read more

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Can hospital tests detect something major before pleuritis gets worse?

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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What can I use for pleuritis if I don't have a doctor?

What can I use for pleuritis if I don't have a doctor?

OTC medicines: Anti inflammatory drugs like naproxyn and Ibuprofen can really help this condition. I would make sure the pain was due to pleuritis, though, because lots of serious things can cause pain in the chest and lung that you don't want to ignore! ...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.

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

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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?

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

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I've been taking Motrin for pleuritis for couple months, helps but once I stop it the pains still there. What can I do or take to get rid of completely?

Stronger meds: The definitive treatment largely depends in the cause of your pleuritis. With proper treatment, often with steroids and antibiotics, your symptoms should start to improve after only a few days. ...Read more

Dr. Nisha Surenderanath
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