Inflammation: What You Need to Know
What is inflammation? Inflammation happens in everyone, whether you’re aware of it or not. Your immune system creates inflammation to protect the body from infection, injury, or disease. There are many things you wouldn’t be able to heal from without inflammation.
Sometimes with autoimmune diseases, like certain types of arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, your immune system attacks healthy cells.
Inflammation is classified into two main types:
Acute inflammation usually occurs for a short (yet often severe) duration. It often resolves in two weeks or less. Symptoms appear quickly. This type restores your body to its state before injury or illness. Chronic inflammation is aslower and generally less severe form of inflammation. It typically lasts longer than six weeks. It can occur even when there’s no injury, and it doesn’t always end when the illness or injury is healed. Chronic inflammation has been linked to autoimmune disorders and even prolonged stress. Symptoms of inflammation 5 SIGNS OF INFLAMMATION heat pain redness swelling loss of function The specific symptoms you have depend on where in your body the inflammation is and what’s causing it.
Long-term inflammation can lead to a number of symptoms and affect your body in many ways. Common symptoms of chronic inflammation can include:
body pain constant fatigue and insomnia depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders gastrointestinal issues, like constipation, diarrhea, and acid reflux weight gain frequent infections