Inflammatory Response:
Symptoms and Causes

Inflammatory response is a physical response with the most common symptoms being redness, irritation, itchiness, swelling, pain, and rise in temperature.  It is caused by our immune system when it detects a pathogen, dangerous substance, or injury.

While it may cause a lot of discomfort, it is how your body protects itself from pathogens or injury.

“inflammatory response is how your body protects itself”

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Next Generation Science Standards:

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: Symptoms and Causes

Additional Information

Injury

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

Pathogens

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

Temperature Increase

A temperature increase can manifest itself to different parts of the body.  When it happens to our head, we call it a “fever”.  When it happens to other parts of the body, such as a sprained ankle, you may simply notice your injured ankle feeling warm to the touch.

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