Hello, I went to the hospital today for shortness of breath
I went to the hospital today for shortness of breath/chest pain/some wheezing. My 02 levels/bp were good, no blood clots, etc. Sent me home with the diagnosis chest pains/possible pleurisy. No at home instructions other than to take Advil for inflammation as needed. I am still having that "shortness of breath" feeling, was wandering if it would be okay to use my boyfriends albuterol inhaler and if that would at all have any effect on relieving the discomforts I am going to die to the possible pleurisy. Thanks
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I understand your concern.
Pleurisy is a diagnosis that can only be made on physical examination. It is considered an emergency and the cause needs to be ascertained quickly.
Almost always it is due to infections such as pneumonia and tuberculosis. So treating the primary cause is very important. You can definitely use the albuterol, but I would request you to meet a proper pulmonologist who can do the necessary investigations and find out the primary cause.
The other at home suggestions will be complete bed rest, Advil sos and take albuterol or even oral salbutamol 4 mg twice daily till the shortness of breath resolves.
Hope this was helpful,
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