ESR stands for erythrocyte sedimentation rate, which is a blood test that measures how quickly red blood cells settle in a test tube over a period of time. A high ESR may indicate inflammation or infection in the body.
To decrease ESR, the underlying cause of the inflammation or infection needs to be addressed. This may include:
- Treating the underlying medical condition: If the high ESR is due to a medical condition such as an infection or autoimmune disease, treating the condition with antibiotics or other medications may help lower ESR.
- Lifestyle changes: Adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep can help reduce inflammation in the body.
- Anti-inflammatory medications: Over-the-counter medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation and lower ESR. However, these should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare provider.
- Stress management: Chronic stress can cause inflammation in the body, so learning stress-management techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga can help reduce ESR.
It’s important to note that a normal ESR does not necessarily mean that there is no underlying inflammation or infection in the body. It’s always best to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the cause of a high ESR and the most appropriate treatment plan.