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9 Subtle Signs of Hidden Inflammation in Your Body

Reader's Digest Logo By Andrea Barbalich of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 13: Inflammation has been called both a friend and a foe. Acute inflammation is the body's normal and complex reaction to a threat, whether bacteria, a burn, frostbite, or a sprain. 'The body marshals its defenses to prevent injury or infection,' says Alan Mensch, MD, senior vice president of medical affairs at Northwell's Plainview Hospital. Signs of acute inflammation include swelling, dilated blood vessels, heat, redness, and pain. 'Once the threat is gone, there are factors in the bloodstream that quiet things down again.'

Acute inflammation

Inflammation has been called both a friend and a foe. Acute inflammation is the body's normal and complex reaction to a threat, whether bacteria, a burn, frostbite, or a sprain. 'The body marshals its defenses to prevent injury or infection,' says Alan Mensch, MD, senior vice president of medical affairs at Northwell's Plainview Hospital. Signs of acute inflammation include swelling, dilated blood vessels, heat, redness, and pain. 'Once the threat is gone, there are factors in the bloodstream that quiet things down again.'
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