Pleurisy – Diagnosis & Treatments


There are thin tissues that line the lungs; these tissues rub against each other when you breathe. These tissues are called pleura. Normally, when these tissues rub against each other, it causes no damage because they are satiny and produce zero friction.

Inflammation or infection of the pleura can cause irritation or swollenness leading to great pain in the chest area. This medical condition is known as pleurisy or pleuritis. This condition is very fatal. It has killed some historical figures such as Catherine de Medici and Benjamin franklin.

Over the years, methods have been developed to treat pleurisy. Antibiotics have proven to be very useful in curbing and preventing the bacteria elements that were responsible for pleurisy. In recent years, pleurisy is majorly caused by viral infections and it hardly leads to death now.

In this article, I will be discussing the diagnosis and treatments for pleurisy adopted in recent years by doctors.