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Inflammation is a protective response of the body to injury or to infectious, allergic, or chemical irritation. The symptoms are redness, swelling, heat, and Pain resulting from dilation of the blood vessels in the affected part with loss of plasma and white blood cells into the tissues. Certain types of inflammation result in pus formation, as in an Abscess.
White blood cells destroy harmful microorganisms and dead cells, preventing the spread of the irritation and permitting the injured tissue to repair itself.
Treatments for inflammation vary, depending on the underlying cause of the affliction. Anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and some steroidal drugs are often prescribed.
HOMOEOPATHY: Inflammation of Skin
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