General: Generally, prevention of pleurisy is related to the potential causes. Since most pleurisy is caused by an infection, it can be difficult to avoid. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will improve immune function and decrease the risk of infection. Medical conditions, like lupus and tuberculosis, are known to cause pleurisy. Keeping them under control will also decrease the chance of developing pleurisy. Early intervention and management of medical conditions are important.
Vaccinations: Regular vaccinations can decrease the chances of getting some infections that could lead to pleurisy. There are vaccinations for Pneumococcal pneumonia and the flu. It is recommended to receive the influenza vaccine every year.
Smoking cessation: Smoke is an irritant to the lungs that can worsen pleurisy. Quitting smoking is good for all aspects of health and important to maintain healthy lungs. Avoiding secondhand smoke will also help decrease exposure to lung irritants.
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