What Is an Inflammatory Disease?

What Is an Inflammatory Disease?

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, inflammatory disease, also called auto-inflammatory disease, results from the body attacking its own tissues, resulting in inflammation. Characterized by periods of inflammation that result in fever, rashes and joint swelling, there are several different types of auto-inflammatory diseases.

As of 2014, the cause and appropriate treatment for many of the recognized auto-inflammatory diseases are unknown, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Attacks of these diseases can lead to symptoms of arthritis, inflammation in the abdominal cavity, skin rashes, vision and hearing loss and swelling of the bone tissue.