The Immune System: The Role Of The Immune System

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The job of the immune system is to be a defense mechanism against diseases and any other harmful substance that enters the body. When it is functioning properly the immune system will attack any invaders and neutralize that specific threat. It will also create an encoding of that specific disease or sickness so that the body can never be harmed by that specific one ever again. So essentially the immune system is an ever changing and constantly strengthening tool that is essential in maintaining health in the body. (Mccoy, 2014) The immune system functions primarily by attacking disease makers called pathogens. It does this through the use of Leukocytes. These are white blood cells. These cells are housed around the body and are the attackers …show more content…
This is characterized by the immune system attacking itself. This occurs because the disease causes a mutation in the cells. This mutation makes the cells and tissues unrecognizable to the body. Because it becomes unrecognizable the immune system treats it as an intruder. The body then attacks it in the same way and disease, sickness or infection would be attacked. Over time the immune system kills the cells. When this happens the body loses cells, tissues and sometimes even organs that could be vital to the body. This loss can result in sickness, loss 0f function and in some extreme cases, even death. (U.S. National Library Of Medicine October 28, …show more content…
They are sometimes characterized by flare-ups and remissions. There is significant evidence that suggests that these diseases could be genetic. It seems to also be more prevalent in women. There is also some speculation that certain races are more likely to contract these problems. These include native american, african american and hispanic american. Other than these few factors there is no other evidence that shows what could possibly be a cause of these autoimmune diseases. (U.S. National Library Of Medicine October 28, 2014) There are at least 80 different symptoms for different types of autoimmune diseases. There are some classic symptoms of all autoimmune diseases though. These are symptoms that will be experienced by anyone with any of the many types of diseases categorized as autoimmune. These symptoms include a low fever, fatigue and muscle aches. These are then followed by more classic examples that if combined will give away the disease. These include heat, swelling, pain, inflammation and redness. (U.S. National Library Of Medicine October 28,

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