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9 Subtle Signs of Chronic Inflammation

 Chronic inflammation can lead to a whole host of undesirable health problems if left untreated, such as asthma, colitis, and liver disease. However, it is often quite difficult to work out whether or not you are actually suffering from chronic inflammation. If you've been wondering about this, then wonder no more, since below we've listed 5 of the most common symptoms of this seemingly covert condition:

1. Joint pain

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Research has linked rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to chronic inflammation. Certain studies have shown that people who have certain forms of arthritis, such as RA, may end up having their immune systems releasing inflammatory chemicals that attack the joints, causing swelling, pain, and other undesirable symptoms.

2. Fatigue

According to Alan Mensch, MD, senior vice president of medical affairs at Northwell’s Plainview Hospital, "tiredness is very commonly associated with chronic inflammation," and that "it's like you have the flu all the time." In fact, research shows that chronically tired people have higher markers for pro-inflammatory compounds and inflammation.

3. Stomach issues

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Gassiness, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea can all be symptoms of Crohn's disease, food allergies, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), or various other stomach disorders. Most people experience such issues every once in a while, but if they’re ongoing they could be a symptom of chronic inflammation.

4. Red, itchy skin

According to Dr. Mensch, "chronic dermatitis could be a manifestation of chronic inflammation." That's why it is very important to visit your doctor if you discover a rash with red, itchy dry skin patches or one that doesn't go away after a while.

5. Runny nose and watery eyes

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Allergy symptoms, such as a stuffy nose or itchy eyes could be caused by chronic inflammation. In fact, according to Dr. Mensch, these symptoms are actually signs that your body is trying to make you aware that something is wrong.

6. Gum issues

Periodontitis is inflammation affecting the bones and tissues of the teeth, while gingivitis is inflammation of the gums at the necks of the teeth. Both of these issues can be symptoms of chronic inflammation, and gingivitis has even been linked to strokes and heart attacks. Daily flossing and brushing, along with twice-yearly professional cleanings can help you to alleviate such problems.

7. Coughing and phlegm

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If you've got bronchitis, then you are certainly suffering from inflammation in the lining of the bronchial tubes. Sign of bronchitis include wheezing, include a persistent cough, thickened mucus, and tightness in the chest.

8. Belly fat

Another health issue that is associated with chronic inflammation is obesity. Researchers have found that abdominal fat cells secrete molecules that increase inflammation, and quite a number of studies have supported the link between systemic inflammation and belly fat.

9. Depression

Stress and anxiety can cause inflammation, and in turn, inflammation can lead to depression. According to Dr. Mensch, "with depression comes fatigue and other symptoms of chronic conditions.” This means that getting rid of stress and anxiety is one of the best ways to feel better in both body and mind.

 

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