Pleurisy, also known as pleuritis, is a medical condition characterized by inflammation of the pleura, the double-layered membrane that surrounds the lungs and lines the inside of the chest cavity. This inflammation can lead to chest pain, which is typically sharp and worsens with breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Pleurisy can be caused by various underlying conditions, including respiratory infections, pneumonia, viral illnesses, and pulmonary embolism.


Treatment for pleurisy aims to alleviate the symptoms and address the underlying cause. Here are some common approaches:

  • Pain Management:

Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help manage the chest pain associated with pleurisy.In cases of increased severity, healthcare providers might recommend more potent pain-relieving medications.

  • Treating the Underlying Cause:

If pleurisy is a result of an underlying condition, such as a bacterial infection or pneumonia, addressing that condition is crucial. Antibiotics are prescribed for bacterial infections, while antiviral medications may be used for viral causes.

  • Rest and Lifestyle Changes:

Getting plenty of rest and avoiding activities that exacerbate chest pain, like heavy lifting or strenuous exercise, is recommended. It’s important to stay well-hydrated and practice deep breathing exercises to prevent complications like pneumonia.

  • Fluid Removal:

In some cases, excess fluid can accumulate in the pleural cavity, causing discomfort and breathing difficulties. A doctor may perform a procedure called thoracentesis to remove this fluid.

  • Corticosteroids:

For severe cases of pleurisy associated with autoimmune conditions like lupus, corticosteroids may be prescribed to reduce inflammation.

  • Management of Pulmonary Embolism:

If pleurisy is caused by a blood clot in the lung (pulmonary embolism), treatment may include blood thinners and, in certain cases, more invasive procedures to remove or break up the clot.

It’s important to seek medical attention if you experience symptoms of pleurisy, especially if the pain is severe or persistent. Prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment are essential for managing the condition and preventing complications. The specific treatment plan will depend on the individual’s underlying health and the cause of the pleurisy.

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A pulmonologist is a medical specialist who focuses on diagnosing and treating diseases and conditions related to the respiratory system. You should consult a pulmonologist if you have persistent breathing problems, chronic cough, chest pain, or a lung-related illness.

During your first visit, you can expect a thorough evaluation of your medical history, a physical examination, and potentially additional tests. Our pulmonologist will discuss your symptoms and develop a personalized treatment plan.

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In most cases, a referral is not required to see a pulmonologist. You can schedule an appointment directly with our clinic.

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