Pleurisy is the name given to inflammation of the pleura, the delicate lining membrane of the lungs. It can be associated with all sorts of disease, from serious to very minor.
Who gets pleurisy?
Pleurisy can attack people of all ages, from children to the very aged. When it is caused by viral infection, it is a disease that doctors tend to associate with young people. When it is associated with pneumonia, it is generally considered to be a disease of older people. A pleural effusion may occur for a variety of reasons. This, too, tends to affect older people.
Causes of pleurisy
Pleurisy develops as a complication of pneumonia, tuberculosis, viruses, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, uremia, certain cancers, pulmonary infraction, and chest trauma. Pleuritic pain is caused by the inflammation or irritation of sensory nerve endings in the parietal pleura lining the pleural space, causing pain. This disorder usually begins suddenly.
Symptoms of pleurisy
The main symptoms of pleurisy is sudden pain in the chest, made worse with deep breathing, coughing, and chest movements. Pain may be referred to areas away from the site of origin, such as the shoulder, lower chest, neck, or abdomen, which can be confused with intraabdominal disease. if sufficient pleural fluid accumulates, it can compress the underlying lung, causing rapid or difficult breathing.
Diagnosis of pleurisy
Pleurisy is easily diagnosed when the characteristic pleuritic pain occurs. A pleural friction rub is diagnostic but may be transient in nature. Chest radiographs are useful to demonstrate pleural fluid.
Analysis of the pleural fluid when present is the most helpful diagnostic test in establishing is a diagnosis in most cases of pleurisy. This is done using a procedure called thoracentesis, in which a fine needle is inserted in to the chest to reach the pleural space and extract fluid.
Homeopathic treatment for pleurisy
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat pleurisy but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat pleurisy fasciitis that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of pleurisy:
Ranunculus bulb. – sore spot remaining in and about the chest, as from subcutaneous ulceration, after pneumonia; pains about the lungs from adhesions after pleurisy, aggravated from change of weather or change of temperature; breathing short and oppressed, with pains in chest and inclination to draw a long breath; as respiratory murmurs are distinctly audible; prostration from the start.
Carbo veg – pleurisy complicated with chronic bronchitis; dull stitches in left side of the chest, extending in to short ribs; pleuritic serous exudation, with hectic fever and evening aggravation; asthmatic affections from hydrothorax; pain and burning in chest from coughing; great dyspnoea and anxiety, but no restlessness.
Carbo Animalis – pleurisy assuming the typhoid character; sickly, bluish color of skin, expectoration puriform, putrid; ichoraemia and degeneration of the exudation in chest; green pus from chest, right side; the stitch remain, though everything else is gone.
Antimonium Arsenicum – Wet pleurisy with inflammation of cardiac muscular tissues and membrane enclosing the heart. Excessive dyspnoea and cough with much mucus secretion. Accumulation of fluids in the pleura, and catarrhal pneumonia.
Kali iod – sub acute pleurisy and effusion in chest; great difficulty in breathing, cannot lie in comfort, and not at all on right side; heart displaced; pleura-pneumonia or right side, with serious effusion and hepatization of lower lung; absence of respiratory sounds in affected parts.
Arsenic Album – Great restlessness; drinks often but little at a time. Burning pains in the chest relieved by warmth.
Hepar Sulph – pleurisy complicated with bronchitis formation of pus in the chest; wet pleurisy.
Bryonia – stitching pains in the chest worse worse by any motion and better by rest and cold things; dry pleurisy.
Apis Mel – it is indicated in pleurisy when the amount of exudation is large; dyspnoea and suffocation due to large amount of fluid.
Silicea – indolent suppuration of the pleura lasting over a long period with thin, offensive pus, slow emaciation.
Stannum Met – in case of pleurisy with knife like stitches, worse on bending forward and mostly on the left side.
Belladonna – pleurisy in children accompanied with convulsions; Congestive types.
Psorinum – chronic pleuritic effusion with shortness of breath; oppression of chest and debility; offensive breath and pus exceedingly putrid.