Inflammation is a set of reactions generated by the body
in response to an injury suffered. This can be from outside as in an injury, infection
, or trauma, or can originate from within the organism itself, as is the case in autoimmune diseases
. These reactions are designed to defend the body and when inflammation is visible 4 clinical signs appear: redness, pain
, swelling, and increased heat. At the cellular level, white blood cells
play a role in these mechanisms, along with other cells
with well-organized functions. The inflammatory response is a complex phenomenon, which can sometimes be aided by the use of known anti-inflammatory agents such as corticosteroids or non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory molecules. At the biological level, inflammation is suspected mainly in the case of an increase in C-reactive protein
, or CRP, and an increase in the amount of white blood cells reflects the implementation of mechanisms to fight against it.