Causes of Chronic Inflammation
Learn about the cause of chronic inflammation by Dr. Kaisa Coppola. Inflammation is caused by a number of physical reactions triggered by the immune system in reaction to a physical injury or a disease.
Three major processes occur before and during acute inflammation. First, the little branches of arteries expand when providing blood to the damaged area, leading to increased blood circulation. Then, the capillaries become simpler for proteins and fluids to infiltrate, meaning that they can move between cells and blood. Finally, the body releases neutrophils (white blood cells full of little sacs that contain enzymes to digest microorganisms).