“How bad is inflammation?”, you ask?
It’s okay if you believe that it is a very bad thing. It is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, according to news outlets all around the world. Chronic inflammation has been related to a number of diseases, including cancer, dementia, heart disease, and stroke. And that is merely a condensed list. What can you do, then, to lessen inflammatory reactions in your body?
A good query! But first, let’s review what it is and isn’t before we move on to the solutions.
There are many misconceptions concerning inflammation. It is typically defined as the body’s reaction to an injury, allergy, or infection that results in redness, warmth, discomfort, swelling, and functional limitations. That is true whether we are discussing a splinter in your finger, bacterial pneumonia, or a poison ivy rash. Due to the fact that there are several forms of inflammation, it is only a portion of the narrative.
- Acute inflammation appears out of nowhere, lasts for a few days to a few weeks, and then goes away once the illness or injury that caused it is treated. In most cases, acute inflammation is a response meant to help the injured area get well. That is the kind that was mentioned in the definition up above.
- Chronic inflammation is quite distinct from acute. It can emerge for no obvious medical reason, persist for a lifetime, and damage people instead of helping them. This kind is frequently associated with chronic illnesses like:
- being overweight
- having diabetes
- heart attacks and strokes
- illnesses, including hepatitis C
- autoimmune disorders
- cancer, and
- physical or mental stress
What cells contribute to inflammation?
Both types are caused by cells in the body’s immune system. That makes logical given that the immune system protects the body from various types of threats.
Different immune cells rush in to induce inflammation, including neutrophils, lymphocytes, and macrophages, depending on the length, location, and source of the problem. Each type of cell has a specific function to do, such as eliminating dead cells, producing antibodies, and combating foreign invaders.