Integumentary System

Danny Taldo 3rd Period

Functions of the Integumentary System

  • Protects the body from invading bacteria
  • Regulates body temperature
  • Helps get rid of waste by perspiration
  • Generates Vitamin D when exposed to ultraviolet rays
  • Can detect temperature, pain, touch, and pressure

3 Ailments of the Integumetary System

Athletes Foot

Athletes foot is a fungal disease that grows on human skin, primarily feet. It grows best in a moist dark environment, like a shoe. You get the disease by coming in contact with someone who is infected for by touching a surface that has the fungus. Symptoms include a scaly rash that can cause itching or burning. It is cured with anti-fungal medications.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of skin cancer. It is caused by having to much exposure to the sun. Symptoms vary but the most common is a lump on the skin. Drugs such as interferon and iniquimod cream are sometimes used to treat skin cancer. If the skin cancer is spotted early, it is easy to cure. If it is discovered late, the person may die.

Acne

Acne is the most common condition treated by dermatologists. Acne is caused by a hormone called androgen. When the androgen level rises make the oil glands under your skin grow. The enlarged gland produces more oil. This can cause bacteria to grow, which causes acne. There are many different ways to treat acne, one of which being a drug called Isotretonin.

Which system does the Integumetery System work with?

The Integumentary System works with the cardiovascular system. The cardiovascular system produces blood throughout the body using veins, which run through skin.