Pleurisy Quiz

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is pleurisy?

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

Symptoms of 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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