Inflammation Overview

Inflammation, or an inflammatory reaction, refers to a body process involving various substances that attempt to repair damage. An inflammation is similar to an “infection” but not quite the same, although both may often occur together. An inflammation may be caused by a microbe, as with an infection, but may also be caused by a substance, cell damage (e.g. burns), and other causes. Patients with what is described as an “inflammation” often actually have an infection (e.g. viral infection, bacterial infection, other types of infection).

Symptoms of inflammation include localized pain, local redness, local swelling, local warmth, and other symptoms. Common types of inflammation include skin inflammation (dermatitis), joint inflammation, and many other types.

There are also various chronic inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other types. Mild skin inflammation may self-resolve or need no treatment, or may require topical medications to aid in healing (e.g. NSAIDs). Read more about: Infection, Skin inflammation

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