How To Get Rid of Inflammation

By Subodh / April 6, 2010

Let us say your body has a defense mechanism, and while acting against toxic substances, it does something which is known as inflammation, originally taken from the latin “inflammation” which means being “set on fire”. By protecting your body, there are ways your body’s defence mechanism can work.

You can find two types of inflammation:

Acute inflammation – The first response of the body to toxic elements.
Chronic inflammation – This is more important, and longer-lasting.

Symptoms

Common acute inflammation symptoms include:

  • The area goes red
  • Inflammation of certain parts
  • The area begins to hurt
  • The area heats up.
  • Loss of function of individual body parts

Chronic inflammation can display the following symptoms:

Causes

Several causes can be there, like:

  • Burns
  • Irritants
  • Frost bite
  • Intoxicants
  • Pathogen infection
  • Death of skin
  • Bodily damage
  • Hypersensitivity reactions
  • Splinters and other kinds of foreign bodies

Systemic disorder can be also the cause, like

Treatment

  • Heating the area which has been affected can work wonders for inflammation. In a lot of cases that is the best way of getting rid of it.
  • Putting something cold on that area like ice can also work really well to bring down the inflammation.
  • Putting a compress to cinch in the area and reduce the swelling goes a long way too.
  • Have someone elevate the part of the anatomy to drain off the toxic fluids from the area affected.
  • Do not move, it might make the pain worse.
  • You can also go for a professional physiotherapy session to reduce the damage.
  • Using some kind of support would be able to help you, like a crutch or cane.

If you want to treat the problem then there are several ways to go. You can try from among a lot of choices prescribed by your doctor:

  1. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen
  2. Corticosteroids
  3. Anti-malarial medication
  4. Anti-rheumatic drugs
  5. Anti-histamine for allergic reactions
  6. Anti-malarial drugs

Anti inflammatory foods

  • Change the way you eat. Eat food rich in Vitamin K and E, and vegetables, fish, bread, poultry can help you reduce such inflammation. Do not eat too much of sugar and oils, potatoes, eggplants, and fat to relieve yourself of the problem.
  • Drinking a lot of water and other fluids goes a long way to reduce inflammation.
  • Eat 1000 mg of nettle leaf extract to reduce cytokine.
  • Sleep would go a long way to reduce inflammation as well.
  • You can always approach a doctor and get the area operated on.
  • Try the wonders of acupuncture.
  • Dehydroepiandrosterone or DHEA can be replaced and added to your body. This hormone induces the body’s will to fight inflammation.
  • Eat 1000 mg of carnosine every day. It can stop glycation reactions within your body.

Though inflammation is a kind of defense, it can turn against you if left unaided for long. So do not ignore it, and go to a doctor at first sight of the problem getting serious.

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