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The Inflammation Process

Posted Feb 08 2011 8:13am


People who are confused often annoy me. Of course, this can once in a while but if it is a continuous thing, then it really gets on my nerves. While nature is very clear and logical in following a process (if you will!) known as causality, and also known as 'cause and effect', unfortunately there are some folks who will never understand this fact.

Of course, the same is true of our body whether it is related to health or sickness, and there is a process that is followed much like clockwork. And this is time and time again…

For example, when a lizard loses its tail, there is a process that is followed to correct this, and this happens over and over again, regardless of how many times the lizard loses its tail.

Our body works in a similar manner as well, and the whole business of 'tissue regeneration' is kick started by what is commonly known as inflammation.

Inflammation

While most people think that this is a bad thing, the truth is something else. If you injure yourself, and there is a wound, the body draws initiates tissue regeneration by first removing the dead cells and then getting to replacing it. And when you feel pain, swelling, and see redness along with the loss of function, this is merely the body drawing attention to the site of injury so that the healing process can take over.

But there's more…

From Inflammation to Healing: What happens next?

Since the body has to draw attention to the "exposed" part of the body in order begin healing process, there are a couple of things that happen in the meanwhile.

1. Release of Chemicals

As soon as there is tissue damage, the cells release chemicals to initiate this inflammatory response, and some of these chemicals are prostroglandins, kinins and hitamine.

The function of these chemicals is to cause vasodilation (the process which widens the blood capillaries) which will cause blood to flow to the site of injury.

Yet another vital function is to act as messengers to attract defense cells that will help fortify the site of injury from any further harm. However, in doing so, the sensitivity of the pain fibers in the injured area are also heightened, and this is the reason why one feels pain in and around the area of injury.

2. Leukocyte Migration

Immediately, after the site of injury is fortified, it is time for the white blood cells to continue the 'healing process' by first neutralizing any further harm that can be caused by bacteria. This function is performed by the type of white blood cell known as neutrophils.

Macrophages then take over from neutrophils, by clearing out the dead tissue and the bacteria that has been destroyed as well, and remain there until the wound has been completely healed.

During this process, fibroblasts also work with macrophages to begin the regeneration of tissue through the building of new cells and blood capillaries as well.

In Closing

So you see that there is no confusion when it comes to how the body performs one of the most vital functions, and there is no reason why one cannot use common sense (a process, if you will) to counter confusion.

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