Pleurisy (pleurisies) refers to a condition which is characterized by inflamed pleura.  I have conducted a research about this condition and I have realized that humans actually have two layers of pleura.  The first one is called the visceral pleura which refer to that which coats your lungs and the second one is the parietal pleura which covers your chest’s inner wall.  Fluids that come out of your pleura are capable of lubricating the two mentioned layers.

 

How Does Pleurisy Occur?

Pleurisies actually take place when your lungs are inflamed due to infections like pneumonia and tuberculosis.  It usually results from a viral infection.  Other major causes of this condition are rheumatoid arthritis, liver disease, cancer and systematic lupus erythematosus.  It is also said to be triggered by microorganisms that go into your pleura by lymph and blood.  It is also caused by non-infectious origins including chest injuries, ribbing, blood disease and tumor.  One of the major symptoms of this condition is a stabbing or sharp pain in your chest that tends to worsen with every deep coughing, breathing, laughing or sneezing.  The pain that you will experience may either spread all throughout your back or shoulder or stay in a single place.  Other symptoms of pleurisies include the following:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Shallow and rapid breathing
  • Chills and fever
  • Sudden and unexplained weight loss
  • Coughing up blood
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat accompanied by swollen and painful joints
  • Ventricular tachycardia

 

Effective Medications Designed To Treat Pleurisies

The symptoms of the condition can actually be treated with the help of a few effective medications.  If it is caused by bacterial infections, then be aware that it can be treated using antibiotics.  You should also consider taking anti-inflammatory medications including Ibuprofen and Paracetamol as you can expect this to work in controlling the pain and dramatically reducing circulation.  If you experience deep or heavy coughing due to the condition, then it is advisable for you to take cough syrups based on codeine as these are effective in controlling cough.  I also heard that tacrolimus, methotrexate and corticosteroids are effective in treating pleurisies although a lot of experts say that further research are still needed to determine the safety of the said medications.

 

Natural Treatments For Pleurisy

When conducting a research about the major Pleurisy symptoms and treatment, I want you to remember that there are actually natural ways to deal with it.  One of the most effective natural treatments for the condition is the mixture of cod liver oil, lobelia, lubricous elm tea and cayenne.  You need to apply this mixture to your chest for several times a day as this works in improving your immune system and in your attempt to obtain relief from bacterial and viral infections.  Other natural treatments for the condition include rosemary, celery, hogweed, fresh milk, proper diet and massage.

Effectively Dealing With Pleurisies By Making Lifestyle Changes

PleurisyI also want you to remember that making a few positive lifestyle changes can help you in effectively managing the condition.  Among the many things that you can do to positively change your lifestyle and eliminate pleurisy is to breathe deeply and relax regularly, get sufficient amount of rest, eat the right foods, cough to clear out mucus and lie on the painful side to obtain utmost comfort.