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The Story Of Inflammation And The Skin

Let's discuss an insidious health issue … inflammation.

To start with, exactly what is inflammation? We all are aware of its results: soreness, swelling, pain, warmth, and occasionally impaired mobility. But why does it happen?

The word "inflammation" originates from the Latin "inflammo," meaning "I set alight, I ignite." Inflammation is a natural immune system response to anything that aggravates or damages (or threatens to damage) our tissues. The offense identified by the immune system could be caused by foreign invaders, such as germs, parasites, toxins, or even foreign objects. Or, the target may not actually be a real offense, but a mistaken identification by the immune system of our own healthy tissues or organ systems — which is called an autoimmune reaction.

While inflammation is a fundamental part of the healing process, the process can quickly go awry or become excessive. When inflammation either continues too long, becomes excessive, or becomes chronic, the inflammation itself can trigger damage. Not only that, but excessive inflammation is a source of pain and discomfort.

Many pathological or unwanted skin problems either have an inflammatory aspect, or are caused completely by inflammation. The swelling and soreness that accompany bruises, bumps, cuts, burns and various other skin injuries, as well as much of the discomfort associated with them, are inflammatory responses.

Also, a lot of pathological conditions involve inflammation. Chronic eczema, for example, is essentially inflammation of the skin. Psoriasis is also, in essence, an inflammatory condition. And common rashes are, to a large extent, indicators of inflammation.

Inflammatory skin conditions are frequently treated with topical steroids. Steroid creams can frequently be very effective, though sometimes the therapeutic effect is short-lived. Even when topical steroids work well to diminish inflammation, steroid therapy has inherent constraints and liabilities. The most common issue associated with topical steroids, and the reason they ought to be avoided, is that indefinate use of topical steroids can thin the skin. And, as we know, healthy, good looking skin is thick, not thin.

Please view the following video for a 100% natural method of managing inflammatory conditions of the skin without steroids, drugs or artificial substances:

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This post was written by TKB_Editor on July 27, 2013

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