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Diagnosis and treatment

Diagnosis of inflammation

Inflammation is first diagnosed clinically by observing the 5 characteristic symptoms: pain, heat, swelling and redness and loss of function.

 

If necessary, the clinical examination is supplemented by a blood test to look for markers of inflammation in the blood.

Other complementary examinations can be carried out in order to determine the cause of the inflammation.

Inflammation treatment

The management of an inflammation differs according to its cause and its severity. Generally, it aims to reduce symptoms through the use of anti-inflammatories. There are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Pedifen® (ibuprofen). There are also steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (corticosteroids) that work in a different way. In the treatment of chronic inflammation, new therapies based on antibodies make it possible to target and destroy the molecules involved in the maintenance of the chronic inflammatory reaction.

 

When the inflammation is linked to an infection, depending on the causative agent, the doctor may prescribe an antibiotic in the case of a bacterial infection, an antifungal in the case of a fungal infection, or an antiviral in the case of a bacterial infection. a virus.

Finally, the application of cold helps relieve pain and reduce edema from inflammation.

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