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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is pleurisy?

Inflammation of the outer linings of the lungs. Causes include infections, cancer, and autoimmune disease (body's immune system attacking its own body).

Symptoms related to pleurisy

  • Chest pain when coughing or during deep breathing

  • Fever

  • Purulent sputum

  • Tooth extraction in the last six months

  • Feeling breathless

  • History of cancer

  • Feeling cold or shivering

Questions your doctor may ask to check for pleurisy

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose pleurisy

  • Do you have a sharp chest pain when you cough or take a deep breath?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Have you had a tooth extraction in the past 6 months?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with cancer?

Treatment for pleurisy

Treatment depends on the cause. Bacteria infections should be treated with antibiotics. Anti-inflammatory drugs can be given to relieve pain and speed up healing.

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