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Acute And Chronic Inflammation: A Comparative Understanding

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Inflammation is the body’s way of healing itself from damaged cells, irritants, and pathogens. Causes are autoimmune disorders, diabetes type II, and cardiovascular diseases. Acute inflammation stays for a short time and causes pain, blood vessel dilation, fluid retention in tissues and discomfort. Chronic inflammation stays longer, and could be dangerous as it is no longer healing the body.

Swelling can be frustrating to anyone, especially when it is so hard to hide. It can happen to any part of the body and sometimes can show signs on the outside, which can cause an individual to be self-conscious and uncomfortable at times.

According to Medical News Today, inflammation is body’s way of protecting itself against harmful spurs, such as damaged cells, irritants, and pathogens. Your body does this in order to start healing.

For example, when your body offers care and protection to an area, such as the back, which has sustained a serious blow, it is your innate immune system that kicks in and comes to the rescue.

Types Of Inflammation

There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. The major difference between the two is that acute inflammation, typically lasts for a shorter period of time and chronic inflammation can be persistent and hang around for a long time.

However, even when swelling is only temporary, one can still see the outward display of symptoms. Below are some of the characteristics of acute swelling:

  • Dilated blood vessels which cause redness and heat
  • Pain because nerves are reacting to the swelling
  • Fluid retention in the tissues also stimulates nerves
  • Unpleasantness or discomfort helps an individual stay off and rest that area

Both types of swelling can be caused by an infection and may respond to a situation in different ways. Chronic inflammation, however, can be dangerous because it is no longer healing the body and it is there for another reason, which can often be annoying and debilitating.

Common Causes Of Inflammation

1. Autoimmune Disorder

When the initial response is overactive for no reason (infection or injury) and can result in tissue damage. If found in the digestive tract, ulcers in the stomach or small intestines could possibly occur.

2. Type II Diabetes

Diabetes may cause an individual to retain water, which may increase swelling in the feet (among other areas); weight gain could also result from water retention.

3. Heart Disease

When untreated, swelling can be a precursor to depression, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s. As your body’s natural defense mechanism, swelling serves as a protector and healer when you need it.

Chronic swelling puts your body in overdrive, making it react when it doesn’t need to and may be damaging to vital organs. It is important to treat the causes of chronic inflammation because it will protect your body from unnecessary pain and discomfort.

Inflammation Treatment

Chronic swelling can be treated with medication prescribed by a doctor; however prescription medication is not the only option available to those who suffer from chronic swelling.

There are quite a few homeopathic or natural remedies that an individual can use to help lessen the effects of swelling, such as:

  • Application of ice
  • Elevation of the area
  • Fish Oil and Omega 3
  • Green Tea
  • Tart Cherries
  • Turmeric, ginger, hyssop, and other herbs

An ailment such as chronic swelling can leave a person feeling drained, and frustrated. Especially when they are not aware of what is causing the problem.

Please leave a comment of your experience dealing with inflammation below.

Dr. Ryan Curda

Ryan was raised with a respect and love for Chiropractic care as he would visit the family chiropractor as regularly as possible. This appreciation grew into a great desire to gain the ability to help people in the way that his personal chiropractor always had. He re-devoted himself to his studies and enrolled in the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic at Southern California University of Health Sciences in 2009, where he attained the degree of Doctorate of Chiropractic, Cum Laude. Ryan has extensive experience working with athletes in both competitive and rehabilitative settings. Ryan’s passion for Chiropractic stems from a deep understanding of how the human body works and bringing that understanding to the people he serves.

Dr. Ryan Curda

Ryan was raised with a respect and love for Chiropractic care as he would visit the family chiropractor as regularly as possible. This appreciation grew into a great desire to gain the ability to help people in the way that his personal chiropractor always had. He re-devoted himself to his studies and enrolled in the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic at Southern California University of Health Sciences in 2009, where he attained the degree of Doctorate of Chiropractic, Cum Laude. Ryan has extensive experience working with athletes in both competitive and rehabilitative settings. Ryan’s passion for Chiropractic stems from a deep understanding of how the human body works and bringing that understanding to the people he serves.