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Doctors for Diphtheria in Gunduperunbedu Village, Kanchipuram
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Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection that affects the mucous membrane of the throat. Though it is a highly contagious disease, it can easily be prevented with timely vaccines. When you get the infection, your nose, throat and tongue get covered with a thick grey coating. Fever, chills, swollen neck glands with a loud, barking cough are the common symptoms of diphtheria. Difficulty in breathing, general uneasiness and slurred speech are the other symptoms.
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?
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?
If left untreated, diphtheria can lead to serious damage to your kidneys, nervous system and heart. The condition is known to be fatal in about 3% of cases.