Pleurisy is an inflammation of the double membrane that surrounds and protects the lungs. This membrane is a double structure that allows the pleural fluid to provide a protective buffer around the lungs. When this area becomes inflamed the inner and outer layer can rub together creating the sharp pain that those with pleurisy feel.
The inflammation can come from a variety of root causes. A viral or bacterial infection of the lungs is the most common source of pleurisy but other causes include trauma from an injury such as broken ribs or surgery involving the pleural cavity. It may also result as a side effect of other diseases such as pneumonia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, pulmonary embolism, tuberculosis or pancreatitis.
The symptoms of pleurisy are sharp chest pains that are more acute with breathing in and often lead the person to shallow breathing to avoid the pain. The inflammation and pain are usually on one side of the chest and can extend up to the shoulder or down to the stomach area.
Cypress and Thyme applied topically to the painful area of the chest 2 -3 times daily. Cup & inhale and/or diffuse Respiratory Blend (or Cypress and Thyme) 2 -3 times daily also.