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    Understanding Pleurisy -- Symptoms

    What Are the Symptoms of Pleurisy?

    Symptoms of pleurisy may include the following:

    • Severe, fleeting, sharp pain in your chest, often on one side only, when breathing deeply, coughing, moving, sneezing, or even talking.
    • Severe chest pain that goes away when you hold your breath.
    • When pleurisy occurs in certain locations of the lungs, the pain can be felt in other parts of the body such as the neck, shoulder, or abdomen.
    • Rapid, shallow breathing in response to the pain.

     

    What Are the Symptoms of Pleural Effusion?

    The symptoms of pleural effusion can include:

    • Shortness of breath
    • Cough

     

    Call Your Doctor About Pleurisy If:

    • Get emergency medical help for any chest pain or difficulty breathing.
    • Even if you have already been diagnosed with pleurisy, call your doctor right away for even a low grade fever. A fever may be present if there is any infection or inflammation.

     

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein, MD on March 18, 2015

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