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Difference Between Acute and Chronic Inflammation

Acute Vs Chronic Inflammation

The last course from our article on few difference between ones are these important types of inflammation known as acute and chronic inflammation. In this article, we will try to generalize the concept of these two types so that you can easily point out the difference between the two and this will help you greatly in your studies. But before we do that, we need to understand the definition of inflammation. An inflammation is basically a response of our body. This response could towards anything such as pathogens, harmful stimuli which endangers our body, cells which are damaged, immune cells, and many others. An inflammation has to start the repairing of the tissues when there is damage from necrosis or any other cell injury. Now there are two types of inflammation and these are called acute and chronic inflammation which we are going to differentiate next in this article.

Difference Between Acute and Chronic Inflammation:

Difference Between Acute and Chronic Inflammation

Acute Inflammation:

To understand the difference between these two types of inflammation, all we need to do is to study them separately and we will definitely get the points. Starting with acute inflammation, this is the one which start very fast and instead of taking time to settle, it would become severe very quickly. It has a lot of symptoms and signs and they do not stay there for a longer time period. In many cases, they wash away within a few days and in very rare cases, they stay there for weeks. Now there is a list of diseases which can be caused by this type inflammation. The most common type of disease caused by this kind of inflammation is called bronchitis and this is needed to be treated as soon as possible. The rest of the conditions that may appear include flu or cold from a sore throat, meningitis, or it could also be a blow.

Chronic Inflammation:

The second type of inflammation is chronic inflammation and instead of washing away within a few days like in acute one, this inflammation would stay there for a much longer period of time and hence, it will also cause the long term issues. There are many causes behind this inflammation and the common is when the patients fail to get rid of the acute inflammation within a good time and it turns to chronic inflammation. This can also be caused by the response of the antigen and this response will be autoimmune. Examples of diseases and conditions with chronic inflammation include: asthma, chronic peptic ulcer, tuberculosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic periodontitis, ulcerative colitis and disease, chronic sinusitis, and chronic active hepatitis. Our infections, wounds and any damage to tissue would never health without inflammation – tissue would become more and more damaged and the body, or any organism, would eventually perish.

So, these were two separate accounts of the two major types of inflammation for which you really needed to understand the difference. Still, if there is any confusion which you are facing in differentiating these two, you can ask us in the comments section below. Keep visiting our website for more free medical stuff.

Hi, This is Hamza Khan from Peshawar, Pakistan. I am a 2nd prof MBBS Student at Bannu Medical College and a hobby Blogger. The Purpose of this site is to share my knowledge and Guide new Medical Students.

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