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Hurts to breath

Also known as Painful Respiration, Painful Breathing, Pleuritic chest pain, Pleuritic Pain, and Pleurodynia

Pleurisy (also known as pleuritis) is an inflammation of the pleura, the lining surrounding the lungs. There are many possible causes of pleurisy but viral infections spreading from the lungs to pleural cavity are the most common. The inflamed pleural layers rub against each other every time the lungs expand to breathe in air. This can cause sharp pain when breathing, also called pleuritic chest pain.

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What causes it?

The most common causes of hurts to breath are asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd), and common cold. Other possible causes, such as heart failure, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with hurts to breath, 63% report having sharp chest pain, 63% report having cough, and 47% report having shortness of breath.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with hurts to breath often receive radiographic imaging procedure, plain x-ray, hematologic tests, complete blood count, electrocardiogram, kidney function tests, intravenous fluid replacement and glucose measurement .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with hurts to breath include amylases, probenecid, lipase, chlorzoxazone, metformin / pioglitazone, guaifenesin / hydrocodone, formoterol / mometasone, potassium phosphate-sodium phosphate (neutra-phos), bilberry extract, cinnamon preparation, ciclesonide (omnaris), acetaminophen / caffeine / dihydrocodeine and brompheniramine / carbetapentane / phenylephrine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for hurts to breath include age < 1 years.

Age

< 1 years
2.1x
1-4 years
1.0x
5-14 years
0.9x
15-29 years
1.1x
30-44 years
1.1x
45-59 years
0.9x
60-74 years
0.6x
75+ years
1.1x

Sex

Male
1.1x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.0x
Hispanic
1.0x
White
1.0x
Other
0.6x
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