Immune Disorders


Although most diseases the immune system tries to fight, there are a few diseases where it is exactly this fight that causes the disease. Sometimes the immune system does too much. Some examples of diseases from an over-reacting immune system include:

  • Asthma: an allergic over-reaction that causes the inflammation of airway muscles and mucus membranes lining the airways.
  • Allergies - allergic reactions to substances can be harmful in themselves.
  • Delayed hypersensitivity - an allergic reaction, caused by immune system T-cells, occurs after days or weeks
  • Anaphylactic shock
  • Autoimmunity: a special type of immune over-reaction is that in autoimmune diseases.

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