A pleural effusion is an abnormal amount of fluid around the lung. Pleural effusions can result from many medical conditions. Most pleural effusions are not serious by themselves, but some require treatment to avoid problems.
Relieving your cough by drinking fluids, using cough
drops, and avoiding lung irritants. Over-the-counter cough suppressants may help you to stop coughing. And expectorants may
make coughing easier so you can bring up
mucus. Cough and cold medicines may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems. Before you use them, check the label. If you do use these medicines, always follow the directions about how much to use based on age and in some cases weight.
Avoiding caffeine and alcohol, which cause you to lose extra
fluid from your body and may lead to