There’s no single test that can diagnose inflammation or conditions that cause it. Instead, based on your symptoms, your doctor may give you any of the tests below to make a diagnosis.
Blood tests There are few so-called markers that help diagnose inflammation in the body. However, these markers are nonspecific, meaning that abnormal levels can show that something is wrong, but not what is wrong.
· Serum protein electrophoresis (SPE)
· C-reactive protein (CRP)
· Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)
· Plasma viscosity
· Other diagnostic tests
If you have certain symptoms — for instance, chronic diarrhoea or numbness on one side of your face — your doctor may request an imaging test to check certain parts of the body or brain. MRIs and X-rays are commonly used.To diagnose inflammatory gastrointestinal conditions, your doctor may perform a procedure to see inside parts of the digestive tract. These tests can include:
- Upper endoscopy
Home remedies to reduce inflammation
Sometimes, fighting inflammation can be as simple as changing up your diet. By avoiding sugar, Trans fats, and processed foods, you can put yourself on the path to feeling better. There are also foods that can actually fight inflammation.
Other treatment options for inflammation
If your inflammation is due to an underlying autoimmune condition, your treatment options will vary. For general symptoms of inflammation, your doctor may recommend several options:
NSAIDs and aspirin
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are usually the first line of defence in treating short-term pain and inflammation. Most can be bought over the counter.
Common NSAIDs include:
- ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Midol)
- naproxen (Aleve)
Corticosteroids .Corticosteroids are a type of steroid commonly used to treat swelling and inflammation as well as allergic reactions. Corticosteroids typically come as either a nasal spray or oral tablet.
Topical analgesics and other creams
Topical analgesics are typically used for acute or chronic pain. They may have less side effects than an oral counterpart. Topical creams and products can contain different medications. Some are prescription only, so it’s best to get advice from your doctor. This is especially the case if you’re treating long-term inflammation, like with arthritis.