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How Does Your Body 27s Immune System Defend Itself Against Hepatitis A
Complex: The immune system has many arms in fending off outside invades and cancer cells. The innate one is less specific or nonspecific , the acquired ones target specifically an agent. Then there are antibodies, killer cells. cytotoxic lymphocytes, complements etc .Our immune system is akin to our defense department using multiple tools to meet a specific threat. We are in trouble when it fails. ...Read more
No clear cut answer: I have not come across any literature to support the above claim ...Read more
Unclear: If you're talking about type one diabetes, the one when your body makes no insulin, then what probably happened was your immune system was exposed to something (maybe a virus) that looked to it like the cells in your pancreas. It then started mistakenly treating those pancreatic cells like an illness it needed to get rid of. Type 2 is something else entirely. Bottom line: you didn't cause it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
That's silly: Please forgive my frankness. The immune system is enormously complex, and anyone wishing to publish a junk paper can demonstrate that something impacts some immune cell in culture. Worthless remedies are promoted as "strengthening the immune system." and there is no empirical or theoretical evidence for thinking that enjoying your body will compromise your ability to fight infections. ...Read more
If the immune system mediated attack on peripheral nerves why would the human body not feel this rather giving symptoms months later when damage done?
Actually, you do...: The pain felt when one has a skin/soft tissue infection or autoimmune process is partly associated with pain receptors of nerves being activated. In certain processes, destruction of painreceptors is felt as "pins and needles" ("peripheral neuropathy").The delay you describe, may be due to other nerves that process the pain signal that are involved in the central nervous system. ...Read more
If igg subclass tests were all normal range, does it mean my immune system is ok? Unclear on meaning of tests and what it represents as far as my body
IgG subclasses: Why tested for? Those are rather special tests done if there is a suspicion of subclass deficiency guided by history and physical examination, if they were fine, means generally your immune system is functional, but there are some subtleties that need to be checked if still suspecting an immune problem. Kindly ask your doctor or your allergist/Immunologist about the results/other tests needed ...Read more
Is it true that in certain diseases, the immune system attacks your body - it causes your immune system to produce antibodies against your own tissues?
Yes: Body can make antibodies as well as cells that damage or destroy its own cells and tissues and are the basis for some diseases, e.g., systemic lupus, hemolytic anemia, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and more. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001819/. ...Read more
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