Understanding Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation occurs in everyone, whether you are aware of it or not. To protect the body from infection, injury or disease, the immune system creates inflammation. Without inflammation, there are many conditions that you will not be able to recover from.

Often the immune system destroys healthy cells with autoimmune conditions, such as certain forms of arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

What is inflammation?

Inflammation refers to the process of your body defending against things that damage it in an effort to cure itself, such as diseases, accidents, and toxins. Your body releases chemicals that cause a response from your immune system when anything damages your cells.

The release of antibodies and proteins, as well as increased blood flow to the damaged region, are included in this response. In the case of acute inflammation, the entire process normally lasts for a few hours or days.

When this reaction lingers, chronic inflammation occurs, leaving the body in a constant alert state. Chronic inflammation may have a detrimental effect on your tissues and organs over time. Some research indicates that in a variety of conditions, from cancer to asthma, chronic inflammation may also play a role.

Symptoms of Chronic Inflammation

Acute inflammation, including discomfort, redness or swelling, frequently causes visible symptoms. But the signs of chronic inflammation are typically more subtle. It makes them quick to overlook.

Symptoms of chronic inflammation that are typical include:

  • abdominal pain

  • chest pain

  • fatigue

  • fever

  • mouth sores

  • rashes

These symptoms can vary from mild to extreme, and they can last for months or years.

Causes of Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation can be triggered by several things, including:

  • Causes of acute inflammation that are untreated, such as infection or injury

  • An autoimmune disorder involving a mistaken attack on healthy tissue by your immune system

  • Long-term exposure, such as industrial chemicals or polluted air, to irritants

Keep in mind that not everybody causes chronic inflammation. Additionally, there is no clear underlying cause for some cases of chronic inflammation.

Experts also believe that chronic inflammation may also contribute to a range of factors, such as:

  • alcohol

  • chronic stress

  • obesity

  • Smoking

Impact to the Body

The inflammatory response of your body can eventually start damaging healthy cells, tissues and organs when you have chronic inflammation. This can lead to DNA harm, tissue death, and internal scarring over time.

All of these are associated with the development of several diseases, including:

  • asthma

  • cancer

  • heart disease

  • neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease

  • obesity

  • rheumatoid arthritis

  • type 2 diabetes

To Sum it Up

Your risk of many serious diseases is increased by chronic inflammation. Using blood tests, your doctor will diagnose inflammation. You can help reduce the risk of inflammation by taking medicine, vitamins, and eating an anti-inflammation diet. As well as lowering your stress levels, avoiding smoking and alcohol and maintaining a healthy body weight will also help to lower your risk.

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