Inflammatory Disease | Inflammation
Inflammation disease is when the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues, resulting in inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is an example of an inflammatory disease.
What is inflammatory disease?
Inflammation is the body’s normal response to illness and infection. But sometimes inflammation can be misdirected. The immune system attacks healthy tissue instead.
Symptoms of inflammatory disease
People may feel flu-like symptoms with inflammation, such as headache, chills and muscle stiffness. Symptoms of inflammatory disease also can include:
Inflammation also can affect the body’s organs. The symptoms depend on where the inflammation is located.
Diagnosing inflammatory disease
The patient will have a physical exam and also be asked about medical history. The provider will look for inflammation in the joints, joint stiffness and loss of function in the joint. In addition, the provider may order:
Treatment for inflammatory disease
Treatment for inflammatory disease can include: