What is Chronic Inflammation?

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Whether you’re faced with a new and frightening condition or have learned of a friend or family member’s new illness, chronic inflammation isn’t a pleasant diagnosis.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be frightening—as there are many resources available online and off that can help you best understand how to deal with the condition.

We’ll be going over some of the causes of chronic inflammation, symptoms you or a loved one may experience with the disease, and some treatment options that are readily available to assist with treatment.  The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) offers a comprehensive explanation of chronic inflammatory diseases and the science behind them.

Explanation & Causes

Inflammation of any kind is often triggered by the body as a physical reaction to perceived injuries by our immune system.

Chronic inflammation is no different in its manifestation. However, what’s difficult to summate about the disease is any specific cause—as chronic inflammation is, in and of itself, a symptom of other illnesses.

Chronic food allergies or sensitivities could tip your immune system off to a threat and take action. Similarly, it’s not uncommon for sufferers of arthritis to experience chronic inflammation as the body responds to pain and discomfort.

The problem with these reactions—especially with arthritis—is the terrible cycle that can begin to form.

Chronic inflammation can be perceived in some cases as a bodily overreaction to an issue and cause further problems by presenting itself. For those with arthritis, chronic inflammation can further accurate the rate of decay.

What makes chronic inflammation even more sinister is the amplification of symptoms due to lifestyle choices. Everything from a consistently stressful work week to forgetting to exercise can contribute to and amplify the effects of chronic inflammation.

The cause of your specific case of chronic inflammation will have to be delegated to you by a licensed doctor or physician. If you suspect you have the disease, it’s always best to seek medical attention before coming to any sort of self-diagnosis.

Symptoms

While the causes of chronic inflammation are muddled in the specifics of each case, the symptoms are a little easier to pin down.

Biologically, inflammation in the body is designed to stimulate the nerve endings in the section of the body in which they are released. So areas of your body that are sensitive or more painful to the touch is an early sign.

Like with other inflammation symptoms, you can also experience redness, swelling, and a loss of mobility with the section of the body in question.

Chronic inflammation begins to differentiate itself from regular and healthy inflammation by causing issues in places you would not expect. For instance, those with chronic inflammation often express pain in multiple parts of the body, such as in the chest or abdomen.

Signs often linked to depression can also be seen due to the hyperactive and chronic nature of the disease.

Increased lethargy, tiredness, and a growing disinterest in passions and activities can also signal that it may be time to see a doctor.

Treatment

Since chronic inflammation is one of the more commonly diagnosed illnesses, treatment options are plentiful and offer a multi-pronged approach.

The easiest treatment method includes talking to your doctor about the prescription of anti-inflammatory medications. Only a licensed professional will know your specific causes and how best to treat your illness.

Other options available include several over-the-counter alternatives to prescription anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Since chronic medication is a condition that will require constant maintenance, be on the lookout for convenient shopping options.

Take a look around your local area for the pharmacy with the most cost-efficient offering for your medical needs. Personally, friends and family have recommended the best pharmacy near me for my personal care and affordable medications.  I would suggest you do the same.

Many other reputable sources, such as the Mayo Clinic, have a host of information online about tangential ways to treat chronic inflammation. Even as seemingly incidental as diet and exercise may seem as causes to chronic inflammation, these small changes can prove to be valuable treatment options as well.

Consider transitioning to a diet that’s geared towards reducing inflammation in the body—such as the often-cited Mediterranean diet. Reducing your red meat intake and keeping to vegetables and nuts should assist in your battle against chronic inflammation. Whatever you choose, you can find all kinds of healthy recipes online.

You may find that—by switching to a healthier diet—your health will improve in other ways as well. In a way, a diagnosis with chronic inflammation can provide a serendipitous path to a brighter and healthier lifestyle.

Final Thoughts

Chronic inflammation can be a vague disease with a confusing list of causes and symptoms, but the noteworthy conclusion remains that treatment options are plentiful and vast.

Try out prescription medication or use doctor-directed and over-the-counter medication. Shake up your diet or look into exercise to improve blood flow and mobility to the body.

As nefarious as it sounds, chronic inflammation doesn’t have to spell disaster for your way of living. Know the signs, look into treatment options, and approach your chronic inflammation with the knowledge to beat it.

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