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Pericarditis Treatment

Often pericarditis clears up on its own in a matter of days or weeks. After checking your child’s condition, your doctor may suggest that your child get extra rest and take an over-the-counter medicine to help relieve their pain and inflammation.

In more painful or severe cases, your doctor may prescribe stronger medicines for inflammation.

If a bacterial infection is to blame, the doctor may use medicines the fight the infection.

When pericarditis causes problems with the heart’s ability to pump blood, other treatments may be needed. Your doctor may insert a needle or a thin tube called a catheter into the chest to remove the extra fluid out of the pericardium.

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