Inflammation is generally the body’s attempt at protecting itself with the aim of removing any harmful; stimuli from the body such as pathogens, irritants and any damaged cells in order for the body to undergo the healing process. It is our body’s way of saying that it’s not going to take illness and injury lying down. Generally during inflammation the white blood cells and other substances that are produced by it protect greatly protects our bodies from infection caused by some foreign organisms in our bodies.
Inflammation is an important body function without which we would never cure our bodies from things like sprains and injured muscles. The body’s inflammatory response is very crucial but when it becomes chronic it can most definitely be a bad thing in as much as our bodies are not just going to spectate while we suffer from injuries and other diseases, too much inflammation can cause more harm than good to the same bodies. Weird as this may sound, it would be correct to use the phrase ‘too much of something is poisonous’ in this particular case.
There are numerous of things that could activate the body to produce an acute inflammatory response. These things involve but are not limited to;
- Allergic reactions
- Chemical irritants
- Pathogenic infections
- Sun burn or fire burns
- Trauma (for example when one gets hit by a golf ball on the head)
There are many other injuries or eventualities that could cause acute inflammation other than the ones said above and when acute inflammation takes place there is no way you will fail to notice. Some of the signs and general symptoms that come when the body undergoes any one of the above mentioned eventualities that end up causing acute inflammation may be very uncomfortable in every sense of the word but then again they are very important and the response is very crucial in order for the body to begin the actual healing process and lead us down the road to recovery. Things like swelling, redness of the injured part of the body, heat and burning sensation, loss of body function and pain can be severely uncomfortable but these are just some of the things that lead our bodies down the road of self-recovery.
When inflammatory stops being acute and actually becomes a constant low level feature of our bodies physiology that is always engaged and always on active, it becomes chronic and that is where things usually start going south. The inflammatory response is normally supposed to be fast and direct, but this is not the case when it comes to chronic inflammation.