What is inflammation?
Inflammation is a normal part of the body’s response process to injuries. However, if you experience response signals not related to an immediate injury, you may be suffering from a chronic illness. Our blood carries white and red blood cells. When an injury occurs, the body’s white blood cells release chemicals to fight off any injury or infection. These chemicals rush blood to protect the injured area, increasing the blood flow, and the surge of blood to the area can create a warm, throbbing feeling with visible redness. There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic.
What is chronic inflammation?
Chronic inflammation occurs regularly and over a long period of time. This type of inflammation is an underlying cause of more serious illnesses. Chronic inflammation sends signals that there is an injury or threat within the body, so the white blood cells surge but there is nothing to repair or protect. Having nowhere to go, these blood cells attack healthy areas like the tissues and organs. Over time, this causes permanent damage.
What chronic illnesses cause inflammation?
Chronic inflammation is often a symptom of the following chronic diseases:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive smoking, drinking, a sedentary lifestyle, and overeating unhealthy food can also lead to chronic inflammation.
What can be done to treat chronic inflammation?
If you are experiencing chronic inflammation, it is important to seek out help from your physician to manage it before it does long-term damage to your body. First, your physician will need to perform an examination and tests to identify the cause of the problem. From there, the course of treatment will be determined. Some of the most common ways to treat and manage chronic swelling are: an anti-inflammatory diet, medications, steroids, and supplements.
Request an appointment in Vancouver
At Blue Water Medical, we thoroughly examine and diagnose our patients concerned about chronic inflammation to identify and treat the cause. If you believe you are suffering from this condition, please call our Vancouver office to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians. You can reach us by phone at (604) 558-3185, or you can fill out the form on our site to request an appointment.