Inflammatory Response Benefits:
How It Helps You

Inflammatory response benefits you by:
(1) Speeding up the healing process and get rid of harmful substances.
(2) Allowing white blood cells to travel faster to certain areas to better defend you from pathogens.

When a part of your body is affected by the inflammatory response, its blood vessels and lymph vessels get wider, allowing more fluid to pass through.  The extra fluid and wider vessels allow the white blood cells to move in and out of the area more quickly.  For example, a faster-moving white blood cells tend to catch pathogens faster.  In addition, this also helps flush out any harmful substances in the area.

“INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE brings more fluid into the affected area”

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Next Generation Science Standards:

HS-LS1-2 Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.

HS-LS1-3 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.

What Science Does this Comic Teach?

Unit: Anatomy

⇒Chapter: Immunology

⇒Topic: Inflammatory Response Benefits: How It Helps You

Additional Information


Injury can be caused by pathogens, harmful chemicals (such as strong acid), or outside forces (such as a rock hitting your head).

White Blood Cells

The white blood cells are tiny blood cells that protect your body against foreign invaders.


Pathogens are micro-organisms that can cause an illness and are contagious, capable of spread from person-to-person.

Harmful Substances

Harmful substances can include corrosive chemicals, poisons, or foreign objects that are not meant to be in your body.

Blood Vessels

Blood vessels are tubes found throughout your body, and they are how blood flows throughout your body.

Lymph Vessels

Lymph vessels are special tubes found throughout your body.  Different from blood vessels, lymph vessels do not contain blood.  Instead, they contain lymph fluid that are clear in appearance.  Lymph vessels provide white blood cells with additional tubes to move around the body even more effectively.

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