How do you overcome inflammation?

1) NSAIDs (non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs) - such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxin sodium (Aleve, Naprosyn), etc. can be used to counter the body's natural inflammation response to injury or allergies;

2) corticosteroids (steroidal antiinflammatory drugs) - such as prednisone, cortisone, etc...these mimic cortisone-like chemicals secreted by the cortex of the adrenal glands...which have long-term negative side effects on the nervous system and immune system if taken for too long, but are very effective for the short-term.

3) ice (placing an ice pack, or simply ice, on a wound can help to reduce the inflammatory response, thus reducing swelling

4) antihistamines - such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), etc. can be used in cases where allergic reaction is the cause of swelling