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Do You Have Signs of Inflammation?

Updated on April 28, 2013
Fight inflammation. Know the signs & symptoms.
Fight inflammation. Know the signs & symptoms. | Source

Let’s begin with the definition of inflammation.

Inflammation in the body is “a local response to cellular injury that is marked by capillary dilatation, leukocytic infiltration, redness, heat, and pain and that serves as a mechanism initiating the elimination of noxious agents and of damaged tissue.”

(definition from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary)

A Normal Immune Response

The body asks the immune system to respond when a wound or invasion—internal or external—occurs. The normal response is heat, swelling, redness and pain. The immune response of blocking and removing invading substances is part of the healing process.

As a whole, the inflammation experienced during a normal immune response has a beginning, middle and end. In other words, the signs of inflammation go away once the body has healed itself.

An inflammation response that does not end becomes a chronic inflammatory episode.

Never Ending Inflammation

Sometimes the inflammation “switch” stays in the “on” position. The symptoms mount and begin to cause other problems in the body. The results are a myriad of diseases and disorders that damage the body further. These diseases and disorders are signs that inflammation is out of hand.

This type of inflammation is tied to aging, disease and repetitive illness. Symptoms that precede the onset of a disease or disorder alert us to the damage chronic inflammation is causing.

This article The Infrared Body Wrap for Weight Loss provides links to heat wraps that can help reduce the pain and swelling and assist in the weight loss process.

Signs Of Inflammation

Symptoms of inflammation include:

  • intestinal bloating
  • frequent diarrhea, constipation, gas and pain
  • frequent acid reflux and/or heart burn
  • tender joints
  • continual swelling and fluid retention
  • stuffy head, nose and sinus (remember sinus infections cause inflammation)
  • asthma and other breathing problems
  • blood clots

Finding Out for Sure

There is only one way to receive definitive, clinical proof that inflammation is occurring hidden and unseen. A test called the C-reactive protein test, also called the CRP test, measures the levels of C-reactive protein in the blood to determine whether inflammation is present.

A CRP test can be requested by a doctor or a patient. Patients can order tests through testing labs found in major cities but will need a qualified person (a doctor) to read the test results for an accurate assessment.

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      Elena@LessIsHealthy 6 years ago

      Good hub on an interesting subject!

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