The Epstein-Barr virus is a member of the herpes virus family – hence the designation HHV-4 – which also includes herpes simplex I and II, chicken pox virus (Varicella zoster, or VZV), and others. Herpes viruses are generally quite adept at attacking and then retreating, sometimes lying dormant for weeks, months, years or even decades, before sometimes rearing their ugly heads in one form or
When the immune system mistakenly turns on itself by creating antibodies that will attack various functions in the body, this leads to individual autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis. In this section, we will look at autoimmune antibodies, immune system cell types, and treatments to help calm the immune system.
Ah-choo! Compelling Research About Allergies and Autoimmune Disease: Immune System, Root Cause, Disease Progression
Each year, millions of people suffer from allergies, autoimmune disease, or both. These conditions can range from relatively mild to severe and debilitating, and patients with either can attest to the effects such disorders, even when occurring at moderate levels, tend to have on one’s health and well being. Here we examine some of the things that link these two categories of disease together, as
The human immune system contains complex and powerful machinery capable of keeping us healthy under most circumstances, by attacking a myriad of active and potential pathogens simultaneously. On occasion, as seen with autoimmune disease and other conditions, this system malfunctions, yielding various disturbances in these immunological mechanisms. Here we discuss the possibility of autoimmune disease affecting the body’s normal immune function, hindering it from doing
What is the lymph system? Your lymph system is made up of organs (thymus, tonsils, spleen, adenoids), hundreds of lymph nodes (mostly in your neck, armpits and groin) and numerous vessels that circulate lymph fluid around your body in a similar fashion to your blood. In fact, your blood and lymph often interact and exchange materials. The purpose of lymph is to absorb waste products,
When are immunosuppressants commonly prescribed for autoimmune conditions, and how well do they work, according to research? Immunosuppressants are medications that interfere with some aspect of your immune response. Immunosuppressants belong to several drug classes, including corticosteroids, cytotoxic agents, antibodies, interferons, and anti-immunophilins. These agents represent the first line of therapy for most autoimmune disorders; by reducing the production of inflammatory chemicals, blocking antibodies that