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    Stress and illness

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    Have you ever developed a cold, a cold sore, or another illness after a particularly stressful time in your life, such as after a move, during the holidays, or after meeting a deadline? Do a little research to explain what component of the stress response interacts with our immune system to allow this to happen.

    Give an example of when this happened to you. Explain the interaction between components of the stress response and your immune system. Choose one or two methods of stress management and explain how you could incorporate it (or them) into your life.

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    The hormone cortisol is released when the body undergoes a stressful situation. Cortisol acts as an anti-inflammatory signal to our bodies; as a result, cortisol turns our bodies' immune systems off. Under normal circumstances, when the body is not under stress, the body's immune system responds to viruses and bacteria by inducing the inflammatory response. This inflammatory response leads to symptoms such as runny noses, sore throats, and/or fevers. Note that this inflammatory response is the immune system's reaction to the viruses and bacteria or other invading pathogens. The inflammatory response is not directly caused by the invading pathogens. When the body is under ...

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