Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:
Analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and indomethacin, are used to treat the pain. Some patients can reduce their pain by lying on the painful side, holding a pillow tightly, or wrapping chest with elastic bandages. The physician may prescribe codeine-based cough syrup to treat a painful cough.
Treating the Source of Infection
If pleurisy is the result of a bacterial infection, the physician can prescribe antibiotics. If it is the result of a viral infection, treatment is simply letting it run its course. If the cause is due to an autoimmune disease such as lupus , steroid treatment will quickly relieve pain.
If you are diagnosed with pleurisy, follow your doctor's instructions.
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