How long does pleurisy last?


How long pleurisy lasts depends on what causes it. If the cause can be fully treated and cured, such as an infection, you are likely to fully recover from your pleurisy. Unfortunately, if the cause of pleurisy is serious and difficult to treat, then your pleurisy will take longer to heal or may even continue indefinitely. Talk to your doctor about how treatment may affect your recovery time.

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Also known as the Devil's fingers, pleurisy is a painful condition that you feel whenever you breathe in or out. Usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection of the pleural membranes, they become inflamed and rub or lose their ...

lubricating capacity. Treatment may consist of anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, and even restriction of lungs by binding the outside of the chest to prevent deep breathing and consequent pain.

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