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What are the symptoms of pleurisy?

The most notable symptom of pleurisy is chest pain that occurs when you breathe, cough, sneeze, or move your chest in other ways. You may also experience shoulder pain, breathing difficulties, fever, chills, unexplained weight loss, and coughing as a result of the condition. Treatment for pleurisy will help relieve these uncomfortable symptoms.

The main symptom of pleurisy is sharp pain that occurs when inhaling and exhaling or with coughing. Some people experience pain in the shoulder. When fluid collects in the chest cavity as a result of pleurisy, it may cause additional symptoms, including:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid breathing
  • Coughing
  • Bluish skin (cyanosis)

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