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Pleurisy Treatment Questions

Pleurisy occurs when the lining of the chest wall and lungs become inflamed. Many conditions may cause this issue such as tuberculosis, pulmonary embolism, congestive heart failure, and cancer. Chest pain, shortness of breath, and tenderness are typical symptoms. To learn more about pleurisy, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by Experts.

What is the main difference between pleurisy and costrochondritis?

Costochondritis is pain that is felt in the chest with noticeable tenderness. There is not redness, swelling or heat involved with this condition. Pain is noticed when pressure is applied to the area between the ribs and cartilage. Many believe this pain is caused by inflammation however the cause is usually unexplained. It may be possible for a viral infection to present this type of pain. Generally lung or heart related conditions must first be ruled out.

As for Pleurisy, this condition involves inflammation of the pleura (lining of the lungs). This condition may be caused by autoimmune diseases like Lupus.

Pain experienced from pleurisy will generally occur when the person takes a deep breath. There isn't pain associated with applying pressure to the chest. Pain associated with costochondritis occurs when pressure is placed on the chest.

Can Lupus and infections cause pleurisy?

An acute infection is considered the most common cause of pleurisy. The infection may be affecting the pleura and is usually a virus. There may also be a viral or bacterial infection that is affecting the lung such as Tuberculosis.

Lupus has many issues and inflammation of the lining of the lung (pleurisy) is one of these issues. Typical symptoms may include chest pain and shortness of breath. A person with Lupus may also have another condition that may be causing these issues. However if no other issues are present it usually determined that the pleurisy is caused by the lupus. Prednisone is often given to treat the inflammation. If the prednisone doesn't improve symptoms, a stronger treatment may be required.

Can pleurisy go away without antibiotics?

In most cases of the above mentioned condition, anti-inflammatory treatment such as ibuprofen is used. Antibiotics generally won't help unless a bacterium is present. If a person takes ibuprofen 400 mg every 6 hours on a full stomach and it doesn't help, an antibiotic may be necessary. Ibuprofen is usually used for a full 24 hour period. If the person has an infection, it may take as long as one month for the person to improve.

Is chest popping and muscle pain part of pleurisy?

Typically, a person may experience pain with this condition due to inflammation. Muscle pain in the chest is a common symptom as well. Pain is generally noticed on the left side of the chest. Pain will also occur when the person takes a deep breath. However there may be a chance that the person has a heart issue. To rule out heart disease, a doctor would have to make an evaluation.

Can pleurisy be treated with cephalexin?

Basically if a person has pleurisy that is caused by bacteria and the bacterium isn't resistant to cephalexin, then this would be a beneficial treatment. Pneumonia is a bacterial infection that can be treated by this antibiotic. However there are many things that can cause this condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, mesothelioma, cancer, and trauma. The cause of the pleurisy will usually have to be determined prior to medication.

Pleurisy is a very painful and uncomfortable condition caused by inflammation in the chest wall and lungs. Many medical questions and concerns arise when a person has been diagnosed with this condition. If a person has questions regarding pleurisy, the person should ask an Expert for medical insight and suggestions for proper treatment.
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