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IntrepidBurger 11 points ago +11 / -0

It would be hard without giving you an entire primer on immunology. If you have a technical mind the wiki articles on T-cells, leukocytes, neutrophils, phagocytes and antibodies should help you get a picture of how the immune system works in conjunction.

The short of it is that your upper-respiratory tract uses a lot of other mechanisms to stave off infection than just antibody production, too many to go into.

Shinydenim 2 points ago +2 / -0

I only asked bc I thought you might not have trouble referencing something covering this in some form. Generalized research is fine, but having a target is even better. In this case, that target is how the upper respiratory tract fights off infection.

Same question: If I wanted to learn more about how the upper respiratory tract staves off infection, what would be a good resource?

IntrepidBurger 5 points ago +5 / -0

Don't have any specific resources besides my immunology textbooks. You could try looking up 'mucosal immune system' and see if that gets you any easy to digest resources.

Apologies that I can't readily find you something, limited ability on a phone at work.

Shinydenim 4 points ago +4 / -0

No worries, thanks. Key words are great, and with any luck I can find an immunology textbook for next to nothing or nothing at all.