If you have too much inflammation in your system, it's possible your body will react in a variety of interesting ways. Depending on the cause, you might notice things like swollen joints, redness, and bowel changes. But there can be other side effects of inflammation, too.
"Oftentimes, inflammation is good as it helps your body defend against foreign invaders," Dr. Bryan Tran, DO, tells Bustle. "For example, when you fall and scrape your knee, your body’s inflammation response will attract and recruit immune cells to deal with any foreign invaders and to help start the healing process," which is why a scrape may become swollen or red.
But other times, the body goes through this "healing" process unnecessarily and begins to attack itself, which is when chronic inflammation can occur. As Dr. Tran says, "Having an inflammation response when there is no actual threat is not good."
Since chronic inflammation can lead to larger health issues over time, it's important to listen to your body and pay attention to these warning signs. As Dr. Tran says, "There are times that inflammation is warranted and healthy and there are times where it is unwarranted and unwanted," and your doctor can help you figure out which is which. Read on below for a few symptoms to watch out for.