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Animation: Overview of the Inflammatory Response

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Damage to the body's tissues - through heat, chemicals, sunburn, cuts, or microbial infections - triggers a general, nonspecific defensive response called inflammation. Signs and symptoms of inflammation include redness, pain, heat, swelling, and sometimes loss of function. Inflammation has three main functions: to destroy the agent causing injury, to limit the effects of the agent on the rest of the body, and to repair or replace damaged tissue.
Damage to the body's tissues - through heat, chemicals, sunburn, cuts, or microbial infections - triggers a general, nonspecific defensive response called inflammation. Signs and symptoms of inflammation include redness, pain, heat, swelling, and sometimes loss of function. Inflammation has three main functions: to destroy the agent causing injury, to limit the effects of the agent on the rest of the body, and to repair or replace damaged tissue.