The bite of a mosquito or other insect can cause severe swelling, redness and itching - all this inflammation. Strongly do not worry - most likely, it will take a few hours or days.
This is a natural reaction of the body to injury and infection, some of which can cause inflammation.
On the other hand, minor inflammation can last for a very long time, for a few weeks or months.
The so-called chronic inflammation may also be accompanied by symptoms of active inflammatory process, but attempts to cure it are unsuccessful.
If the inflammation persists, the danger increases. This can cause various diseases, ranging from diabetes and ending with heart problems, arthritis, and Alzheimer's disease.
Here are some of the most common causes of inflammation:
Do you have extra weight
If you have a few extra kilos, the inflammatory process can begin in the fat cells.
As we age, fat attacks some of the cells in our body, causing inflammation develops.
Obesity among young people can submit an alarm signal fat cells. The immune system begins to act to protect your body, when in fact he is not in danger.
Your life is mired in chaos and stress drives you crazy
One of the most common causes of inflammation - a stress that can be acute or chronic.
Acute stress can be caused by strong emotions or fears, when you are in a life threatening situation.
Chronic stress can be caused by trouble at work or in marriage, which cause constant worry.
Stress hormone cortisol plays an important role in the regulation of inflammatory processes. The problem is that chronic stress may block the work of this hormone.
According to a study by the Rockefeller University, it can lead to uncontrolled inflammation.
Chronic stress can increase the number of inflammatory white blood cells, causing the body becomes more vulnerable to inflammation.
Not all bacteria are harmful. Some of them can inhibit the inflammatory processes, and others may be activated, depending on their nature. Whatever it was, about 70% of immune cells reside in our intestines.
This means that intestinal bacteria can affect the immune system in various ways, including, becoming a cause of inflammation.
Some studies suggest that the microbes that live in the intestines, may be associated with the development of rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease.
Inflammation that cause these intestinal microbes may also worsen or alleviate the risk of other diseases such as HIV.
You are abusing alcohol
Physiologically, alcohol can be cleaved in the body. This reaction produces a toxic by-products that may cause inflammation. Liver - is the main body involved in the process of splitting and processing of alcohol.
This means that when we drinking too much alcohol, especially an inflammation develops in the liver. Excessive amounts of alcohol prevents the liver to rest and be cleansed of toxins.
It can also cause serious problems, such as steatosis or fatty liver.
Also, if you drink much alcohol, fats accumulate in the organism that may lead to cirrhosis or hepatitis.
You take contraceptives.
Prior to menopause, most women control fertility through various types of contraception, including using oral contraceptives.
This prevents pregnancy in adulthood, but may also be one of the causes of inflammation.
Women who take oral contraceptives in the period before the onset of menopause, the greater the risk of suffering from inflammatory processes in the body, than women who do not accept them.
In 2014 the American magazine PLoS One published study that the risk of inflammatory processes in women who do not take the pill, is minimal.
This does not mean that you should completely abandon contraception. If you are not planning a pregnancy, consult your gynecologist for advice.
Chronic inflammation can last for several weeks or months to develop in any part of the body.
If you suffer from overweight, smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, or oral contraceptives, and watch carefully what is happening in your body.
Remember that in order to cope with these problems, you need to perform physical exercise, monitor their weight and eat healthy foods.