Pleuritis or pleurisy is a condition caused by inflammation of the pleura, which is the layer of tissue lining the inner side of the chest cavity and the tissue layer surrounding the lungs. It causes symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, cough, and fever.

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I have pain in the right lungs with yellow phlegm. Can I have lung cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19 year old male, and I weigh 140 lbs, and I am 5.7 feet tall. About three weeks ago, I went to the doctor for a fever, chills, and a headache. I was told that it was a minor case of flu. I developed blood in my mucus soon after, but I did not go to the doctor, as it went away aft...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is a repeat lower respiratory tract infection, which is leading to both yellow phlegm and chest pain due to inflammation of pleura called as pleuritis. Chances of cancer are very less, provided your young age. Still, you should get one a chest x-ray done. I suggest ...  Read Full »

I feel sudden chest discomfort and breathlessness. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a girl of 20. My height is 167 cm and weight is 75 kg. Over the past one week, I am having high discomfort and pain in my right chest when I breathe. The pain radiates to the right shoulder and right arm too. When I sneeze or blow my nose up, the pain is severe. I cannot explain this...  Read Full »

Dr. Kartik Sood

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you have a history of frequent chest infections in the past, which were associated with wheezing, secretions and fever as well, I would suggest you to consult a pulmonologist or a chest physician in person. Your symptom of chest pain, which increases on deep respiratio...  Read Full »

I have pain in my chest, and I am a smoker. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 year old male, my height is 5'10" and I weigh 73 kg. For the last two days, I have been feeling pain in my chest (left side). Since then, I have been feeling tired and sleepy all day and unable to concentrate on my work. Pain is not so frequent, but when I take a deep breath, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anoop Mathew

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It looks like you have pleuritic pain. This refers to pain due to inflammation of the covering of your lungs. You will need a course of antibiotics. The reason why you are getting such chest infections is your smoking. So, I actively encourage you to quit smoking. Th...  Read Full »

Why is there needle-like pain in the rib of an asthmatic?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a needle-like pain on the left side of the rib. I am an asthmatic. I had bronchitis a month ago and was treated with antibiotics. The chest is wheezy and I have a dry cough.  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to have developed pleurisy or pleuritic chest pain following an acute asthma attack. I would recommend first of all a chest X-ray to rule out any pleural effusion as well as any pneumonia. If your chest X-ray remains clear then you would need treatment with a s...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have pain while taking AKT-4 kit and Benadon 40 for TB?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old female. I got effusion in my right chest and was detected with pulmonary TB. I have been prescribed with AKT-4 kit and Benadon 40 mg for one month. I am taking this medication for the last five days and am feeling pain in my chest and rib area during breathing for pa...  Read Full »

Dr. Satyajit Jalinder Pawar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to ask a few questions. What were your symptoms and since when you were symptomatic? How was TB (tuberculosis) diagnosed and based on what tests? I am asking this because, though in more than 90 % cases effusion is due to TB, there can be other ca...  Read Full »

Chest pain since 15 days. ECG & TMT reports are normal. What could be the problem?

Query: Hello Doctor, I am having chest pain since 15 days. My ECG & TMT reports are negative. But still I am suffering with the pain. Please suggest me the appropriate treatment.   Read Full »

Dr. Rohit Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Chest pain might be due to many reasons other than heart problem (primarily pleuritis - swelling of the lung membrane due to infection). Get your CBC (Complete Blood Count) and chest x-ray done to rule out this cause. Do massage on the affected area with a pain relievi...  Read Full »

I have a left-sided chest pain and shortness of breath. Is this something serious?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a potential blood clot but, a chest CT came back clear. I still have chest pain and upper back pain as well as shortness of breath. What could this be? They said it was potentially a muscular or skeletal pain but, I get pain on the left side especially. They suggested pain killer...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post. Any chest pain that increases with body movements such as coughing, sneezing, or picking up an object is not from the heart and is usually from the muscles surrounding the chest wall or sometimes the outer covering of the lung called pleura. ...  Read Full »

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