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Treatment for Inflammation

Inflammation Comes From the Latin word inflammare, which means to set on fire

It is the way your body reacts to infection, irritation or other injury. The reaction occurs as redness, warmth, swelling and pain. Inflammation is now recognized as a type of nonspecific immune response. It is a complex biological response of vascular tissues as a protective mechanism that tries to remove the stimuli as well as initiate healing.

Inflammation can be classified as either acute or chronic.

Acute inflammation is the initial response of the body to harmful stimuli and is achieved by increased movement of plasma and leukocytes from the blood into the injured tissues. Prolonged inflammation, known as chronic inflammation, leads to a progressive shift in the type of cells which are present at the site of inflammation and is characterized by simultaneous destruction and healing of the tissue from the inflammatory process. Chronic inflammation can also lead to a host of diseases, such as hay fever, atherosclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Anti-inflammatory medication is split into two categories -- steroidal and non-steroidal

Corticosteroids such a prednisone make up the steroidal group. Examples of non-steroidal medications include ibuprofen, naproxen (NSAIDs). While these drugs are widely mass-produced in oral delivery forms, few topical preparations are commercially available.

MYERS Medical Compounding Experts Can Prepare Topical Medications To Help Relieve Inflammation.

Working with your doctor, our compounding pharmacists can prepare non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications in topical creams and gels, using Ketoprofen, Diclofenac, Piroxicam and/or Ibuprofen. These ingredients work by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. We may also use Guaifenesen, which is related to metrobammate, carisorodol, mephenesin and methocarbamol. It is believed that it acts by interrupting the polysynaptic reflex arc in the spinal cord and in the brain stem. While most commonly known for its use as an expectorant, has been shown to have muscle relaxation qualities.

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