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Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection that affects the throat and the nasal passages. It basically affects the mucosal membranes of these regions and is a contagious ailment that spreads easily. The toxins can also spread damage to other organs of the body. The symptoms include swollen appearance, fever, chills and a loud, whooping cough.
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 condition, so your doctor will want to treat you quickly and aggressively.The first step of treatment is an antitoxin injection. This is used to counteract the toxin produced by the bacteria. Make sure to tell your doctor if you're allergic to the antitoxin. They may be able to give you small doses of the antitoxin and gradually build up to higher amounts. Your doctor will also prescribe antibiotics, such as erythromycin and penicillin, to help clear up the infection.
During treatment, your doctor may have you stay in the hospital so you can avoid passing your infection on to others.
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.