Autoimmunity and Inflammation

Too much of a good thing

Inflammation is an essential part of your body protecting itself, and can even help with the healing process. Inflammation can help to remove what is causing your body harm, from something tiny like a speck of pollen, to something larger like dirt in a scraped knee. It can also increase the supply of blood to a damaged area, in order to bring in the nutrients and oxygen needed for healing, as well as white blood cells to consume microbes.

However, when inflammation turns from a short-term, acute phenomenon to something chronic, it can lead to health problems. It's vital that those suffering with autoimmune conditions keep a lid on inflammation, in order to minimise the risk of an autoimmune flare-up. The articles in this section are here to help.

The immunity system doesn’t just protect against infections, it also helps to regulate inflammation. Immune cells travel to sites of injury or infection and release inflammatory chemicals that stimulate the healing process. In some cases, an overzealous inflammatory response can cause long-term symptoms that are disruptive to health. 

Dr Sarah Brewer

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How to combat inflammation

Inflammation is sometimes helpful to the body for healing. But if it continues undetected for months or years it can lead to more serious health concerns, and is a particular concern if you have an autoimmune condition. Read on for advice on keeping inflammation under control.

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