Inflammation? Is it a good thing?

Good

Is the first part of the Immune response team within the body. Also, it sparks the healing process.

How does it work?

Its an normal and natural process, that makes the body aware by showing very noticeable signs of any abnormalities that could be trying to enter the body.

What should I be looking out for?

When the body experiences trauma eg. infections, injury, or exposure to toxins, the response process will kicking in to alert the body that it either needs to fight off the invader or spark the healing process by setting of the following signs:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Heat
  • Pain
  • Loss of function

There are 2 types of inflammation?

Acute-  sparks the helping process and usually it only lasts for a few days, unless it’s left untreated. Chronic- usually connected to chronic conditions eg. Arthritis. Usually lasts for a longtime with intense “flare-ups”. Can be controlled with medication specifically for symptomatic relief. 

Could I treat this at home?

Yes, In minimal invasive cases.

Short term:Using hot and cold compressors to reduce the swelling and discomfort cases.Medication. Anti-inflammatory tablets or ointments.

Long-term:Build your immune system by taking supplements and Developing healthy eating habits.Adopting daily Stress management techniques.Getting regular exercise, even if it’s only for 30minutes a day.Try avoiding excessive alcohol use.Try to quit smoking.Prescribed Medication. Anti-inflammatory tablets or ointments.

Written by Lurika Fisher