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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?
The health care provider will perform a physical exam and look inside your mouth. This may reveal a gray to black covering (pseudomembrane) in the throat, enlarged lymph glands, and swelling of the neck or vocal cords. The other tests that are recommended by the doctor are:
• Gram stain or throat culture to identify the diphtheria bacteria
• Toxin assay (to detect the presence of the toxin made by the bacteria)
• Electrocardiogram (ECG)
HOW IS DIPHTHERIA TREATED?
The treatment usually starts with the administration of an antitoxin injection that helps to counter the action of the toxins produced by the bacteria. Other antibiotics like erythromycin and penicillin may also be prescribed. Hospitalisation may also be required.
DID YOU KNOW?
Diphtheria is preventable with the use of antibiotics and vaccines.