The word inflammation may bring to mind a swollen ankle or a rash on the surface of the skin. This is correct, but inflammation is also so much more than what we can see with our eyes. Inflammation refers to your body’s process of fighting against anything that might harm it. This can include infections, injuries, and toxins, all in a greater attempt to heal itself. Your body’s natural response to repair damaged cells includes releasing antibodies, proteins, and blood flow to the damaged area. That is what is referred to as acute inflammation since it doesn’t last more than a few days at most. Today, we will be focusing on chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation happens when the inflammation in your body is constant and lasts longer than normal. This leaves your body in a state of defense and shock. As time progresses, chronic inflammation can have a seriously negative impact on your tissues, organs, and more. Chronic inflammation has been shown to be the root of conditions ranging from acne to cancer.
When we think of inflammation, most often we are thinking of acute inflammation. The symptoms of acute inflammation are often very clear and noticeable. They can include redness, swelling, and pain. Chronic inflammation symptoms are often not as clear and tend to be overlooked. They can include:
Acute inflammation can be caused by something as simple as stubbing your toe on the door. It is often treated just as easily. Chronic inflammation is not always as simple, but knowing what causes inflammation can help for it to be treated quickly. This will reduce the chances of it leading to a more serious issue. It is also important to note that the cause of chronic inflammation can be different on a case by case basis. For some, the cause of their chronic inflammation may be unclear. But it is important to know some of the most common causes. They include:
By making changes to your lifestyle, chronic inflammation can be controlled and in some cases, reduced. Some people are more prone to chronic inflammation than others. Everyone with a family history of health problems should talk to their physician to learn more about what they can do. By making healthy changes to their lifestyle and diet, preventing diseases and controlling chronic inflammation can be increased.
At Hillandale Primary Care we know that health has many variables and factors. If you feel like you may be experiencing symptoms of chronic inflammation, we can help you make lifestyle changes. Call or contact Hillandale Primary Care today to get checked out and live healthier today!