About Us

Complete List of our  Arthritis Topics

Arthritis News


Content edited by and some written by Rusty Ford


We respect your privacy read our full Privacy Policy
Terms of service

This site does not use cookies



Causes of inflammation

When inflammation occurs, chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues in an attempt to rid the body of foreign substances. This release of chemicals increases the blood flow to the area and may result in redness and warmth. Some of the chemicals cause leakage of fluid into the tissues, resulting in swelling. The inflammatory process may stimulate nerves and cause pain.


Causes vs triggers

Since inflammation is the bodies reaction to injury, infection or foreign substances in the body any of the following can cause inflammation.

 * Burns
* Chemical irritants
* Frostbite
* Toxins
* Infection by pathogens
* Physical injury, blunt or penetrating
* Immune reactions due to hypersensitivity
* Ionizing radiation
* Foreign bodies, including splinters, dirt and debris

Processes can that cause inflammation

  • Physical agents include trauma, radiation and extremes of temperature such as heat which causes burns or the cold which causes frostbite.
  • Chemical agents are acids, alkalis and poisons. Biological agents are organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites.
  • Hypoxia (lack of oxygen to tissues)
  • Immunologic reactions such as anaphylactic shock

Allergies as a cause of inflammation

In the case of allergies, the immune system responds to the presence of an allergen, a normally harmless substance to which it has become overly sensitive. Allergens bind to antibodies, which trigger the release of chemicals like histamine that result in allergy symptoms. In the case of asthma, inflammation causes the airways to swell, making breathing difficult.

Lack Of Sleep Causes Inflammation, Immune Response









This web site is intended for your own informational purposes only. No person or entity associated with this web site purports to be engaging in the practice of medicine through this medium. The information you receive is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a physician or other health care professional. If you have an illness or medical problem, contact your health care provider.

Arthritis can develop as a result of an infection. For example, bacteria that cause gonorrhea or Lyme disease can cause arthritis. Infectious arthritis can cause serious damage, but usually clears up completely with antibiotics. Scleroderma is a systemic disease that involves the skin, but may include problems with blood vessels, joints, and internal organs. Fibromyalgia syndrome is soft-tissue rheumatism that doesn't lead to joint deformity, but affects an estimated 5 million Americans, mostly women. The approximate number of cases in the United States of some common forms of arthritis. is an informational out reach of the Consumer Health Information Network. It is our goal to provide up to date information about arthritis and other inflammatory and bone conditions in a easy to understand format.

Where we get our information.

Most of the information in the site is compiled by editors from information provided by the National Institutes of Health. We are in the process of updating our pages. In the past we have not made reference to the source for information provide by our editors. In the next few weeks we hope to have all our pages marked as to the source.

We have included information from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Pages that uses information from this source are so acknowledged.

We have contributing authors that send information. Where information is provided by an outside author it is acknowledged by a byline under the title.

Updates of Pages.

Not all of our pages have a date as to the last update. We are in the processes of reviewing all our pages and as we do we include a reference as to when the page was updated. This web site was first published in January of 2003. All pages in the site were created at sometime during or after that time.