Pleurisy is when the thin lining between your lungs and ribs becomes inflamed.
The main symptom of pleurisy is sharp chest pain when you breathe in deeply.
Pleurisy is usually treated with painkillers until it gets better. You may need additional treatment depending on the cause.
Most cases of pleurisy are caused by a virus, such as the flu virus.
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