What is the function of the inflammatory response?
The inflammatory response is a nonspecific, inborn response of the body to foreign material.
Many chemicals and non-self proteins will cause our bodies to react in defense. Since these items normally do not 'belong' there in our bodies, the inflammatory chemicals, like defensins, lysozyme, fever, redness, and an increased number of white blood cells will 'gather together' to get rid of or quell that invader.
This is meant to wipe it out.
Macrophages and neutrophils are white blood cells that will come together to non-specifically engulf the foreign material. When they do this, it is for the purpose of elimination. This usually gets rid of the pathogen (invader), but sometimes not...as in the case of tuberculosis.