Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Inflammation: An Innate Immune System

Inflammation is the body’s effort to prevent the body against external or internal pathogens. When the body faces a danger, it reacts by inflating the particular body part, and begins the healing process. ‘Inflation’ comes from the Latin word, “inflammo” meaning “set alight or ignite”.

It is a part of the body’s innate immune system. For example, if the wrist gets hurt, the body’s response is to inflate that body part so that the healing starts. Inflammation helps to heal the wounds quickly and effectively. When we see an inflammation in our body, out immediate response is to bring it down, but we should keep in mind that the basic aim of the inflammation is to heal the wound, which is harming our body. Inflammation is of two types; acute and chronic. Acute inflammation can be characterized by pain, heat swelling and redness on the injury. This reaction of the body is carried out, as soon as the body receives an injury or infection. Acute inflammation rises abruptly, treats the injured tissue and recedes back, but if the acute inflammation gets prolonged, it turns into chronic. Chronic inflammation stays on the host tissue for a longer time. It takes time, sometimes years or months to heal.

Bentham Science Publishers is one of the leading STM publishing companies. It publishes 116 online and print journals, 150 plus open access journals, and related print/online book series. One of the eBooks is “Surgical Inflammation”. Readers of this book will have the chance of gaining a unique perspective about of the pathophysiological mechanisms involved in the multiple inflammatory conditions.


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