Integumentary System

Fredi Mailand - Period 1

FIVE Functions of the Integumentary System

The integumentary System: 5 functions

1. Covers and Protects from germs, dehydration and injury

2. Regulates body tempatures

3. Manufactures Vitamin D

4. Temporary storage of Glucose, Fat, Water, and Salt

5. Protects from harmful UV Radiation.

Organs and Tissues


Dermis: The inside layer that is thicker than the epidermis. Contains the nerves and the blood vessels.

Epidermis: The outside layer that is thinner than the dermis. Is made of dead skin cells.


Hair: Dead skin cells that grow out of folicles.

Skin: the Dermis and the Epidermis. ( see above)

Nails: are part of the Integumentary System. They don't actually sense touch.

Diseases of the Integumentary System.

Athletes foot: Athletes foot is a common skin infection of the feet caused by fungus. Symptoms of Athletes Foot are itching scaling and redness.

Skin Cancer: Skin Cancer is a well know disease of the Integumentary System. the abnormal growth of skin cells — most often develops on skin exposed to the sun. But this common form of cancer can also occur on areas of your skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. The symptoms are changes in the skin that do not heal, ulcering in the skin, discolored skin, and changes in existing moles, such as jagged edges.

Psoriasis: A skin infection that has raised patches of reddish skin with a silvery covering.Symptoms include bumps or small plaques (½ inch or less) of red itchy, scaling skin that may be present over large parts of the skin surface, simultaneously, after a sore throat.

Treatments for Athletes Foot, Skin Cancer, and Psoriasis.

Athletes foot: Athlete's foot resolves without medication (resolves by itself) in 30–40% of cases.Topical antifungal medication consistently produce much higher rates of cure.

Skin Cancer: Treatments depend on the person. The most common is radiation. The doctor involved would be your family doctor, and then a dermatologist to check for symptoms.

Psoriasis: Psoriasis cannot be cured but there are some treatments that can help. Most likely you just need a family pyhsican to treat your Psoriasis.