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How is pleurisy treated?

Treatment options for pleurisy depend on the underlying cause. Pain relievers are used to treat pain and antibiotics are used for infections. If a virus is the cause, then it is allowed to run its course. Corticosteroids may be prescribed if an autoimmune disorder, like lupus, is the cause. Cough suppressants are not used as coughing is essential to keep lungs inflated and to prevent collapse. Pressure - as from pressing a pillow to the chest or lying on the side experiencing pain - also helps relieve pain.
Relieving pleurisy involves treating the underlying problem, if known. Current treatment options include antibiotics, acetaminophen and anti-inflammatory drugs and thoracentesis.

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