Individuals tend to respond to treatments in individualized ways. Some factors that may influence this include age, compliance with taking prescribed medications, willingness to make dietary and lifestyle changes, severity of symptoms, inherited factors, health status, and the length of time that the individual has had the condition. In truth there are probably hundreds, or even thousands, of other variables that influence our health on a daily basis. In general, however, the sooner you seek treatment, the more mild the condition, the better your health, and the more compliant you are with the treatment plan, the faster you will recover. On the other hand, the longer you have had a condition, the more severe it is, the worse your health is, and the less compliant you are, the the slower the condition will change and the longer it will take to resolve. Even though the healing process is always unique to the specific case, there are a some patterns of healing that are more common than others.