Chronic inflammation

Symptoms, types, complications—everything you need to know about this reaction.

Inflammation is a natural part of the body’s immune system. It can be a response to a foreign element, such as a virus or bacteria, but it can also repair damaged tissue. When this normal healing process is disrupted, however, inflammation can become chronic.

Symptoms

  • Skin redness
  • Warm sensation
  • Swelling (edema)
  • Pulsating pain
  • Altered functioning of the affected organ

Complications

Chronic inflammation can cause or complicate several diseases or conditions, including:
  • Cell and tissue degeneration
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Low immune defences
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune diseases

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Chronic inflammation

Inflammation is a natural part of the body’s immune system. It can be a response to a foreign element, such as a virus or bacteria, but it can also repair damaged tissue. When this normal healing process is disrupted, however, inflammation can become chronic.
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