Inflammation is the activation of the immune system in response to infection, irritation or injury. Characterized by an influx of white blood cells, redness, heat, swelling, pain, and dysfunction of the organs involved, inflammation has different names when it appears in different parts of the body. Most allergy and asthma sufferers are familiar with rhinitis (inflammation of the nose), sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses), and asthma (inflammation of the airways), but inflammation is also behind arthritis (inflammation of the joints), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), and so on.
Excessive inflammation can lead to a host of inflammatory conditions.
The human body's immune system triggers inflammation to help fight off infection and to heal injury. The body creates small proteins (called "cytokines") to promote inflammation.
But sometimes this cycle of inflammation goes out of control, and the excessive inflammation has been shown to lead to many prevalent diseases and disorders.
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