We’re all familiar with this. You bump into something, get a scratch, twist your foot, and it becomes red and swollen. Swelling is very common. Doctors look for signs of swelling to be able to diagnose a lot of serious illnesses. Sometimes, it’s a simple matter, a small bruise becomes swollen, but sometimes it’s an indicator of something more serious. This article will discuss inflammation treatments.
What is An Inflammation?
The human body was created with systems to guard against any invader. We have discussed the immune system several times in the past. Inflammation is one of the ways the body fights against harmful elements, such as damaged cells. This is also important when any one of the body parts receives a blow and needs to heal. Swelling is the first thing that happens when it begins to heal. At times, though, when something swells up, it causes another swelling somewhere else in the body, which, in turn, causes the original bruise to become inflamed again. It may turn into a vicious cycle.
The immediate reaction to swelling is to try and bring it down. According to research from the Cleveland Clinic, this could be a mistake, as it is an important part of the healing process. You must keep an eye on the swelling, but you may need to let it be for a while before attempting to reduce it.
There are two kinds of inflammations: Acute and Chronic. Acute Inflammation shows up quickly (immediately after the bruise or bump) and lasts for a short time – usually a few days or a week. Some diseases also fall into this type, for example: Bronchitis, ingrown toenail, Flu, Appendicitis, Tonsillitis, Hay fever, Eczema, and more.
Chronic Inflammation is different. It lasts for longer – months and sometimes even years. It happens when the body has not completely healed from something that had caused acute inflammation or when the body mistakenly fights against itself, attacking a healthy part of the body, (auto-immune response). Inflammation and pain would never be cured without the swelling. But if the inflammation lasts for a longer period it can bring about: Cancer, Atherosclerosis, gum disease, hay fever, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. Other illnesses that come with chronic inflammation are Asthma, Krohn’s, Colitis, Chronic Sinusitis, Tuberculosis, and more.
What Is Inflammation Symptoms
There are five main signs of acute inflammation:
- Pain – the swollen area is tender and painful, especially when touched.
- Redness – because the veins around it are filled with more blood than usual
- Difficulty moving
- Increased warmth – because there is more blood there.
The five symptoms are only when the affected area is near the skin. When something is inflamed deeper in the body, it will usually not be so painful, unless the swelling presses against another organ. (For example, pneumonia is a swelling that is painless, except when it presses on the chest.)
When suffering from chronic inflammation, this will be drastically different. Symptoms usually appear only when something is already more serious. Beware of such a situation, keep a lookout for:
- Pain that lasts for a long period of time
- Allergies or asthma
- High blood pressure and blood sugar problems
- Ulcers or IBS
- Constant weariness
- Skin problems
- Red eyes.
- Use ice: This is one of the oldest remedies. When something is hot and swollen, cool it with ice. Care should be taken not to lay the ice directly on the skin but wrapped in a towel. The limb should also be kept elevated.
- Taking Omega 3 Fish Oil may be helpful. So does Green Tea. Both have anti-inflammatory elements.
- Sour cherries – Researchers at Oregon University have confirmed that “(sour cherries) have the highest amount of anti-inflationary elements of all food”
- NSAIDs and Corticosteroids can also help. However, they have many side effects and should be discussed with a doctor when taking them for a longer period.
Zahler’s supplement Inflame-X™ contains herbs and nutrients that help the body regulate inflammation. Proper nutrition with regular exercises also helps to recover. Inflame-X ™ has White Willow Bark, Turmeric, Boswellin, Yucca Root, Ginger, and other herbs that help with swelling. Taking this supplement helps not only when there is pain but generally helps to keep the swelling in the body on healthy levels.
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