Explore the basic functioning and role of the immune system in health and disease.
Investigate the components that make up the immune system and how they interact in an allergic reaction.
Develop knowledge on how to recognize manifestations, signs and symptoms of allergic disorders.
Identify different allergic disorders and learn how to consider diagnosis and treatments.
The human immune system is designed to fight infection, but sometimes this defence mechanism provokes allergic disorders. On this course, you will explore the similarities and differences of infections and allergies, and understand the intricacies of the immune system.
You will address the events, mishaps, and discoveries that have led to a common understanding of allergies today. You will explore different types of allergies, like food allergies and hayfever, as well as allergy symptoms, methods of diagnosis, and different allergy treatments with the support of case studies.
The similarities and distinctions between allergies and infections
The immune system: exploring the topography of the immune organs, defining components, cells, and mediators
Atopic disorders: hay-fever, asthma and food allergy
Bee and wasp sting allergy
Contact eczema and atopic dermatitis
Diagnostic approach and therapeutic possibilities
This course is designed for healthcare professionals or students studying health sciences. It will also be of interest to the general public looking to gain insights into the immune system and allergies.