Inflammation is one of the body’s natural defenses against infections from bacteria, viruses, and other invaders. Inflammation is usually a process in which the body produces and deploys white blood cells to flush out and destroy any foreign bodies in the bloodstream. However, there are certain conditions or situations in which the body can trigger inflammatory responses without any invaders actually being present. These conditions are known as inflammatory diseases and affect millions of people. If you think you might suffer from an inflammatory disease, check out this list of five common symptoms and see how you compare.
One of the most common symptoms of inflammation is the swelling of body parts, usually seen in the extremities. As the body produces an overabundance of white blood cells, all the fluid associated with those cells has to go somewhere. Due to gravity, the most common body parts to swell because of inflammatory diseases are the feet. If your feet are often swollen, consult with your doctor about scheduling a screening for inflammatory diseases.