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Pleurisy: Symptoms and Treatment

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Sharp pain in your pleura (The tissues that line your lung and chest wall.) is called Pleurisy.


About 13 percent of all emergency room (ER) visits for chest pain result in a diagnosis of a serious heart-related problem. [1]


1. Medical diagnosis required
2. Treated by a medical professional
3. Short term, usually resolves within days or weeks.


It can be caused due to a variety of underlying issues like infection, autoimmune disorders, rib fracture, and certain inherited diseases. This results in the Pleura becoming irritated and inflamed.


Symptoms:


1. A sharp, stabbing pain, which worsens when you breathe, cough or sneeze
2. Headaches
3. Joint Pain
4. Fever
5. Shortness of Breath
6. Muscle ache, loss of appetite and chills


Treatment


Self-Care:
In case of symptoms like difficulty in breathing, seek immediate medical intervention. Taking proper rest and avoiding triggers may help manage the pain.


Medication:
Antibiotics, Anti-inflammatory nonsteroidal drugs like Aspirin, Ibuprofen etc can be used for pain relief. Cough and pain medicine like Codeine to break down accumulated pus or mucus are helpful too under a doctor’s guidance and prescription.


Specialists:
Consult a doctor if the symptoms are evident and the condition worsens. At mfine, we provide accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plans for all health concerns under a team of qualified doctors.

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