HTML clipboardPleurisy is a terribly painful condition due to an inflammation of the pleura, which is the pleural cavity that surrounds the lungs. There can be a number of causes for pleurisy. Some of them infectious, some of them not. Anything that irritates the pleura can lead to an inflammation and pleurisy. Lung conditions like pneumonia can cause pleurisy, as well as some viruses, bacteria, and fungus. Injury to the chest, rheumatic disease, blood clot in the lung, and some cancers can also be catalysts for pleurisy.
Reactions to certain drugs, such as penicillin can also cause pleurisy. To avoid having such reactions to chemically-based medications, use natural herbal formulas. One that include herbs for antiviral, antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. Safe, pure ingredients of echinacea and goldenseal root will aid in boosting the immune system, and will help cleanse and strengthen the respiratory tract. This can help reduce the risk of developing pleurisy.
The most common symptoms of pleurisy are chest pain during breathing, shortness of breath, cough, and fever and chills, if infection is present. Some less common symptoms that occur when pleurisy exists are lack of appetite, weightloss, dizziness, itching on the back, and fatigue. Although the pain of pleurisy is normally in the chest, it frequently goes through to the back and can extend to the arms and shoulders. As stated previously, the pain can be quite severe. To manage the pain, use a natural pain formula rich in salicin. This breaks down naturally into salicyclic acid and the anti-inflammatory properties ease the pain. Some of the best ingredients are meadowsweet, white willow bark, feverfew, wood betony, woodruff, wild lettuce, black willow bark, ginko bilobo, valerian root, birch, hops, kola nut, lavender flower, peppermint, dashmoola, wintergreen, and camu camu.
As with many illnesses and conditions, prevention is preferable to treatment with pleurisy. It's been stated that rheumatic diseases can lead to the condition. Rheumatic fever can be prevented, if a person with a strep infection is treated promptly and effectively, or better yet, prevented. Using an oral antiseptic spray of natural substances on a regular basis will aid in reducing the risk of contracting certain "bugs" that can lead to pleurisy. And, the ingredients of aloe vera juice, extract of goldenseal, echinacea, black walnut hulls, cloves, lemon, neem oil, and tea tree and clove essential oils are safe, natural substances to look for in a supplement.
Keeping yourself as healthy as possible begins with what you eat. People susceptible to pleurisy would benefit from a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and high-quality fats. The anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids can also aid in fighting pleurisy and can be found in fish and flax seed oil. Some studies suggest that high doses of vitamin C might also provide additional health benefits to those prone to developing pleurisy. Incorporate a cleansing regimen of herbal formulas that include formulas that rejuvenate and strengthen the lungs and respiratory system, improve sinus health, dissolve excess acid throughout the body, improve blood circulation. One that includes an inspirant containing essential oils of eucalyptus, peppermint, white camphor, cajeput, hyssop, white pine bark, and cedar beneficial for respiratory problems.
By Suzanne VanDeGrift Health Researcher/Writer
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