What is inflammation?

Inflammation is your body's response to harmful stimuli like pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants. It is a complex biological process involving many components of your immune system. The main signs of acute inflammation are redness, swelling, heat, pain, and loss of function.

Inflammation serves the important purpose of eliminating invaders and starting the healing process after injury. Specialized immune cells like leukocytes detect cell damage and infection. They release cytokines and chemokines to dilate blood vessels and attract more immune defenders. Fluid, plasma proteins, and white blood cells quickly flow out of enlarged vessels into injured sites. This causes characteristic red, swollen, and hot areas. Immune cells phagocytize pathogens and damaged tissue while releasing enzymes that further promote swelling and destroy infectious agents.

Later in the inflammatory process, immune cells prompt healing and regeneration of wounded tissue.

While acute inflammation treats infections and wounds, long-term or inappropriate inflammation is tied to many illness like:

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Now back to inflammation...

Excess levels of inflammatory mediators can damage body tissues over time. That's why regulating inflammation properly is so important. Key modulators involved are...

Overall, acute inflammatory responses play a crucial role in eliminating threats and healing injuries. However, chronic inflammation can seriously damage organs and contribute to disease. Understanding the fine balance of this vital process is an area of ongoing medical research.

I hope this gives you a helpful overview explaining what inflammation entails on a biological level! Let me know if you have any other questions.

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