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Inflammation is the activation of the immune system in response to infection, irritation or injury. Sometimes this response goes out of control and the excessive inflammation has been shown to lead to many prevalent diseases and disorders. Characterized by an influx of white blood cells, redness, heat, swelling, pain and organ dysfunction, inflammation has different names depending on where it is found in the body. Allergy sufferers are familiar with rhinitis (inflammation of the nose), sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses), and asthma (inflammation of the airways). Those suffering with arthritis are dealing with inflammation of the joints, while dermatitis indicates inflammation of the skin. Also, most cardiovascular ailments are being linked to inflammation.