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Inflammation

Definition

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Inflammation involves an influx of blood or other fluid into bodily tissue or organs in reaction to injury, disease, and/or foreign substances. Inflammation is marked by swelling, redness, heat, and/or pain.

Inflammations of specific body parts often carry special names which often end with the suffix "-itis". For example, inflammation of the brain is called encephalitis and inflammation of the pancreas is called pancreatitis.

Do not confuse inflammation with the term inflammable, which refers to a material that is easily ignited.

SDS Relevance

OSHA requires that Safety Data Sheets list adverse health effects under Section 11 (toxicological information). Always read your SDS before working with a material so you understand the potential health and physical hazards and how to deal with them.

Any number of chemicals can be toxins or irritants that could cause swelling of various body parts. Cancer can also cause inflammation.

Inflammation normally subsides on its own, however, if the symptom is long-lasting it can be called chronic inflammation. If you suspect a chemical is causing inflammation, avoid exposure and see if the inflammation subsides.

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See also: asthma, bronchitis, dermatitis, edema.

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