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Symptoms and Treatments of Acute Inflammation

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Inflammation can either be acute or chronic. Acute inflammation is the body’s normal response to irritation, injury, or surgery. Acute inflammation usually occurs as an immediate response to an injury, such a sprain or fracture, and typically appears within two hours. Chronic inflammation usually reflects a response to longer-term medical condition, such as arthritis, and it is ongoing.

Symptoms of acute inflammation include pain, swelling, and increased warmth and redness of the skin.

To treat inflammation, you need to reduce the inflammation and the resulting swelling and pain. The earlier treatment is started, the better. The “R.I.C.E.” method is the best treatment for acute inflammation.

The “R.I.C.E.” method consists of Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

  • Rest. Stay off the foot as much as possible. You want to prevent any further injury.
  • Ice. Icing decreases blood flow to the tissue, which reduces swelling and pain.
  • Compression. You can keep the inflamed area compressed by wrapping it in a stocking or elastic bandage. Compression helps to reduce pain and prevents additional fluid accumulation.
  • Elevation. Keeping the foot elevated allows excess fluid to drain and reduces the swelling.

The symptoms of inflammation typically improve within two to three days. If your symptoms do not improve, contact your doctor or go to the emergency room. A more serious problems may exist.

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