The Immune System and Its Functions
Our immune system is composed of organs, special cells and tissues and what it does is protect our body from foreign organisms causing diseases. These foreign agents are what we call antigens. Examples of these foreign organisms are parasites, bacteria, viruses and fungi. As soon as it enters the body, the immune system will be able to detect it and send reinforcements to quell the invasion.
When antigens are able to enter the body, specific cells that are part of the immune system called T lymphocytes will identify the foreign invader and pass on the information to B lymphocytes for them to be able to order an action force to attack and destroy the antigens. The reinforcement sent by the B lymphocytes are what we call antibodies. When antibodies are successful with their mission, they remain activated just in case the antigen returns. The whole process of activating the immune system is what we call the Immune Response,
Strengthening the Immune System
Having strong immune system doesn’t mean that you won’t get sick at all. Having minor diseases occasionally like colds and fever are some form of exercise for your immune system. Strengthening your immune system is a habit you need to adapt. Here are some of the things you must do to have a strong immune system:
Try not to be a couch potato, like sitting all day and watching TV. This kind of habit only makes your immune system very weak and vulnerable from diseases. Every time you wake up in the morning, take half an hour to walk outside. This helps a lot in enhancing the fighting function of the immune system. Exercise also helps in increasing the chemicals in your body that makes you feel good. These chemicals also helps you sleep well.
The habit of eating a balanced diet doesn’t really make your immune system strong. The reason for this is to maintain the quality of your immune system. Eating unhealthily makes your immune system weaker.
Proper Amount of Sleep
Sleeping is the most important habit we can ever practice. When we sleep, the immune system produces cytokines which helps when you are under stress, when there is inflammation or infection. There are certain cytokines that are needed for these problems. Depriving yourself of sleep decreases the number of cytokines produced.
Not being able to manage stress properly increases the risks of acquiring diseases.
Immunotherapy Treatment for Warts
Any treatment or method that triggers your immune system to activate immune response is what we call immunotherapy or also known as biological response modifier. There are methods that are complicated, and some are not. Immunotherapy is used to treat major illnesses like cancer.
There are two main ways to administer immunotherapy treatment for warts; through application of topical cream or intralesional (injecting the lesions directly). For more information on warts, check out https://warts.org where we cover every kind of wart and treatment.
- Diphenylcyclopropenone (DPCP)
- Diphencyprone (DCP)
- Dinitrochlorobenzene (DNCB)
- Squaric Acid Dibutyl Ester (SADBE)
- Bleomycin Treatment
- Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) immunization
- Candida albicans antigen