Diphtheria is a severe bacterial infection that affects the mucous membrane of the nose, throat, airway and tongue. Diphtheria spreads easily from one person to another, but it can be prevented through a vaccine. Common symptoms are:
• Fever and chills
• Swollen glands in neck
• Loud barking cough
• Sore throat
• Bluish skin
• Uneasiness or discomfort
In severe condition other symptoms like breathing difficulty, slurred speech and impaired vision may occur
HOW IS DIPHTHERIA DIAGNOSED?
Your general physician may examine your lymph nodes and check on your medical history and symptoms to diagnose diphtheria. A throat culture will be recommended if your doctor suspects diphtheria.
HOW IS DIPHTHERIA TREATED?
Diphtheria is a serious infection hence quick treatment is a must. The treatment begins with administering of antitoxin injections such as penicillin. You may be hospitalized to avoid the spread of the infection as it is highly contagious.
DID YOU KNOW?
This condition most commonly manifests in people who do not get vaccinated regularly and also those who have an immune system disorder.