The Integumentary system

Stephen Adkins 4th period #2

The 5 Functions Of The Integumentary System

The skin, Hair, and Nails are all part of the Integumentary system. The skin has two layers, the outer layer is the Epidermis and the inner layer is the Dermis, the outer layer is the first line of defense against infections and protects the tissues inside the body, this layer is composed of dead cells. The skin also holds sweat glands, vains, and is covered in hair that helps keep you warm when it's cold. The skin helps regulate body temperature as well. The skin holds fat, water, and vitamin D. The eyelashes and eyebrows keep dust and small debris from entering the eyes. The hair and skin protect us from the Suns ultraviolet Rays.

Ailments of the integumentary system

Acne is a problem that is caused by the pores being clogged, symptoms are Red bumps and pimples on face, chest, and back. Treatments are many different creams, most of which do not need to be prescribed.

Psoriosis is a non-contagious desease that has symptoms such as raised red lesions covered in dead skin cells. Treatments include steroid-based creams and medicines taken by mouth.

Shingles is a virus caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. IF someone has had chickenpox the shingles virus is already inside them. The symptoms are fluid filled blisters and rashes. Treatment includes antiviral medication to reduce pain and duration, also antidepressants, pain medications, and topical creams.

A Dermatologist is the doctor for all of these.