Inflammation and its Medications

Inflammation is the process by which your body's white blood cells and the substances they produce protect you from infection by outside invaders like bacteria and viruses. However, in some diseases, such as arthritis, your body's defense system, or immune system, causes inflammation even when there are no invaders to fight. In autoimmune diseases, your immune system reacts as if normal tissues are infected or otherwise abnormal, causing damage. There are different types of inflammations. Inflammation can be either acute or chronic. Acute inflammation subsides in a matter of hours or days and is short lived. Chronic inflammation is long lasting inflammation and even after the initial stimulus has passed, chronic inflammation can continue months or years. Chronic inflammation includes diseases such as Cancer, Heart diseases, diabetes, Asthma, Alzheimer’s disease. Inflammation causes several types of arthritis, such as Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, and Gouty arthritis. Osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, muscular low back pain, and muscular neck pain are all painful disorders of the joints and musculoskeletal system that aren't always caused by inflammation. Some of the symptoms of inflammation include redness, a swollen joint that may be warm to the touch, joint discomfort, joint stiffness, and a joint that doesn't perform as well as it should

Author(s): Amey Coban

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