Common inflammation symptoms are redness and warmth of the inflamed region. The region will also swell as fluid rushes into the area as a result of increased ‘leakiness’ of blood vessels.
The inflammatory response symptoms will typically result in pain in the region. This is also due to the stimulation of nerves by compounds released by immune cells involved in the inflammation.
These compounds also typically result in chills, fever, and muscle aches.
Inflammation is a natural response of the body to an infection, or more directly, to invading microorganisms.
In some cases the body reacts against itself, without an invading organism. This condition is referred to as autoimmunity disorder.
- warmth in inflamed region
- muscle aching
The immune system detects and attempts to destroy invading organisms through a very complex reaction. The ultimate goals are to seal off the area, kill the invaders, remove damaged tissue and cells, and rebuild the area.
To do so, the body increases the blood supply to the area, allows fluid and white blood cells to exit the blood vessels into the tissue, and blocks other vessels to stop spread of toxins or the invaders.
Chronic inflammation can result in a wide variety of secondary conditions. Permanent tissue and organ damage may result.
The diagnosis, treatment and prevention of inflammation will depend on the cause, source, and location of the agent which triggered it.