Treatment of pleurodynia is symptomatic. Episodes of pain can usually be controlled with mild analgesics, but narcotic analgesics are sometimes used in severe episodes of pain. NSAIDs are often useful in pain relief. Heat applied to affected muscles may also be useful. Bed rest and consumption of fluids is usually recommended until the acute illness resolves which is usually within 3 to 7 days.
In healthy people, pleurodynia is a harmless infection that goes away on its own within a few days. During the acute phase of the illness, bed rest and infection control measures (i.e., handwashing, limiting contact with others) to prevent transmission of the illness is usually recommended. Once recovered from the illness, most individuals can return to work with no restrictions or accommodations.
Aspirin should not be given to children with pleurodynia because of the risk of Reye's syndrome, a serious reaction causing brain and liver injury in children who take aspirin during certain viral illnesses.
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 one of the ways 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 Pleurodynia but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat Pleurodynia 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.
Epidemic Pleurodynia is completely curable and almost all healthy individuals recover completely from the illness. However, about 5% of patients develop acute viral meningitis as a complication of the coxsackievirus infection, and about 5% of adult males develop orchitis. Less common complications include hepatitis, pericarditis and myocarditis.
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