7 Signs There May Be Inflammation In Your Brain


Inflammation in your body isn’t always a good thing. When you have inflammation in your brain, it can affect anything from your mood to your focus. In case you didn’t know, it can even affect you physically. Knowing the symptoms and potential causes can help you get the right kind of treatment you need.

As neuro-oncologist Santosh Kesari, MD, PhD, tells Bustle, inflammation in the braincan be due to a variety of reasons including toxins in the body like tobacco or cocaine, diabetes, hypertension, infections, trauma, aging, diet, and stress.

“Some inflammation is acute, short-lasting, and potentially reversible, while other types of inflammation are chronic and continue to cause damage,” Dr. Kesari says. “These can be cumulative and not easily reversible such as Alzheimer’s disease.” Some people are also genetically predisposed to brain inflammation by having an overactive immune system like in those with multiple sclerosis or encephalitis, which is a type of acute inflammation in the brain.

According to him, acute or severe inflammation can cause variety of immediate symptoms. At the very worst, it can possibly lead to brain damage, a coma, or even death. It’s just always a good idea to speak to your doctor if you’re ever feeling off.

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