Pleurisy

Pleurisy is an inflammation and swelling of the lining of the lungs (pleura). Because of this inflammation, it hurts to breathe. It can be aggravated by coughing, laughing, or deep breathing. Pleurisy is often caused by an underlying infection or disease.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Monitor your pleurisy for any changes. The following actions may help to alleviate any discomfort you are experiencing:

  • Medicine may help with pain. Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your health care provider.

  • Only take antibiotic medicine as directed. Make sure to finish it even if you start to feel better.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your pain is not controlled with medicine or is increasing.

  • You have an increase in pus-like (purulent) secretions brought up with coughing.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have blue or dark lips, fingernails, or toenails.

  • You are coughing up blood.

  • You have increased difficulty breathing.

  • You have continuing pain unrelieved by medicine or pain lasting more than 1 week.

  • You have pain that radiates into your neck, arms, or jaw.

  • You develop increased shortness of breath or wheezing.

  • You develop a fever, rash, vomiting, fainting, or other serious symptoms.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.  

  • Will watch your condition.  

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.