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Diphtheria - Signs Of You Must Be Careful About!

Dr. Anil Mehta 89% (674 ratings)
MBBS, DNB (General Medicine)
General Physician, Delhi
Diphtheria - Signs Of You Must Be Careful About!

A quite serious bacterial infection, diphtheria is caused by the Corynebacterium diphtheria. It usually tends to affect the throat and the mouth of an affected person, although there are other varieties which can infect your skin as well. However, the most common cases of diphtheria affect the throat and the mouth. 

Symptoms of diphtheria in general
It may take up to five days for symptoms to show up when you are infected with the disease. Some of the symptoms would be:

  1. You neck would swell up due to swelling in the lymph nodes, especially in the neck
  2. Your throat and tonsils will develop a thick grayish membrane 
  3. Your throat may become sore and hoarse
  4. You may face difficulty in breathing, depending on the size of the membrane and the resultant inflammation
  5. You may have difficulty swallowing as well

These are the primary symptoms which will affect your throat in general. Some of the other symptoms that may show up are:

  1. Fever
  2. Nasal discharge
  3. Malaise or a general feeling of discomfort 
  4. Chills

The parts of your body, which are affected the most tend to be your throat, tongue and the neck. The pain tends to persist for quite some time as you recover.

Causes of diphtheria 
Diphtheria is usually spread by the following methods

  1. Airborne droplets: This is possibly the most common method of contracting the disease. This usually happens when a person is infected with diphtheria coughs or sneezes around you. The airborne droplets then travel from one person to another, transmitting the infection. This is particularly the case in crowded area such as public transport and public spaces.
  2. Touching personal items which may be infected: Touching used towels, paper tissues or drinking from an unwashed glass may cause an infection as well. These tend to happen mostly in an indoor setting such as offices and houses. Even toys, door and equipment handles can cause transmission of this virus. 

If you are showing any of these symptoms, it is prudent to go visit your doctor immediately as diphtheria, if left untreated, may also result in serious complications.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Diphtheria - How it Affects Your Throat and Tongue?

Dr. Vishram Rajhans 92% (1298 ratings)
LCPS, BAM&S
Integrated Medicine Specialist, Pune
Diphtheria - How it Affects Your Throat and Tongue?

A quite serious bacterial infection, diphtheria is caused by the Corynebacterium diphtheria. It usually tends to affect the throat and the mouth of an affected person, although there are other varieties which can infect your skin as well. However, the most common cases of diphtheria affect the throat and the mouth. 

Symptoms of diphtheria in general
It may take up to five days for symptoms to show up when you are infected with the disease. Some of the symptoms would be:

  1. You neck would swell up due to swelling in the lymph nodes, especially in the neck
  2. Your throat and tonsils will develop a thick grayish membrane 
  3. Your throat may become sore and hoarse
  4. You may face difficulty in breathing, depending on the size of the membrane and the resultant inflammation
  5. You may have difficulty swallowing as well

These are the primary symptoms which will affect your throat in general. Some of the other symptoms that may show up are:

  1. Fever
  2. Nasal discharge
  3. Malaise or a general feeling of discomfort 
  4. Chills

The parts of your body, which are affected the most tend to be your throat, tongue and the neck. The pain tends to persist for quite some time as you recover.

Causes of diphtheria 
Diphtheria is usually spread by the following methods

  1. Airborne droplets: This is possibly the most common method of contracting the disease. This usually happens when a person is infected with diphtheria coughs or sneezes around you. The airborne droplets then travel from one person to another, transmitting the infection. This is particularly the case in crowded area such as public transport and public spaces.
  2. Touching personal items which may be infected: Touching used towels, paper tissues or drinking from an unwashed glass may cause an infection as well. These tend to happen mostly in an indoor setting such as offices and houses. Even toys, door and equipment handles can cause transmission of this virus. 

If you are showing any of these symptoms, it is prudent to consult a doctor immediately as diphtheria, if left untreated, may also result in serious complications.

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Hello, I have taken a tetanus toxoid injection 1 year ago. Yesterday I got injured (finger with scratch & bleeding) with rough dirty cemented (without paint/white wash) wall during changing CFL of my toilet. Do I need tetanus toxoid injection again?

Dr. Anurag Seth 90% (144 ratings)
MBBS
Internal Medicine Specialist, Allahabad
Hello, I have taken a tetanus toxoid injection 1 year ago. Yesterday I got injured (finger with scratch & bleeding) w...
If you had the complete tetanus vaccinations and the one you received last year was a booster. You don't need any tetanus injection for five years.
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Which is the suitable time for taking tetanus toxoid vaccines ,since I am completing my 6 month of pregnancy. Kindly suggest.

Dr. Sajeev Kumar 92% (25310 ratings)
C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Which is the suitable time for taking tetanus toxoid vaccines ,since I am completing my 6 month of pregnancy. Kindly ...
You have to take one dose in first 3 moths and a second dose in 6 months .The WHO also recommends that a third vaccine be given six months after the second dose to provide protection for at least five years.
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Respected Sir, My mother is diabetic patient since 2007. Sugar level is kept in check by dietary means and medicines. Very recently (some 25 to 30 days back) a small circular wound was noticed on her foot. She had taken a tetanus toxoid injection for that and within two days the wound was healed. But today again similar wound has appeared on the foot. Taking another tetanus toxoid injection is advisable or any other medication is required?

Dt. Raghunath Singh Ranawat 90% (58 ratings)
M A Psychology, Diploma in Naturopathy & Yogic Science (DNYS), Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, Aayurved Ratn
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Rajsamand
Respected Sir,
My mother is diabetic patient since 2007. Sugar level is kept in check by dietary means and medicines....
No worries about you Make your mother a dietary table. Increase the amount of vitamin C in the food. Take care of the feet. Wear soft cloth shoes. Make a habit of stroll after eating food. Pranayama is done in the morning in the morning. Include high fiber in the food. Give breakfast on time. Always take care of the feet carefully. Your mother will be healthy.
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Is there any test to determine the deficiency of vitamin C? Should one take vitamin C tablets solely depending on the systems mentioned in the above article and lf so how much?

Dr. Rajesh Jain 92% (12789 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Jalgaon
Is there any test to determine the deficiency of vitamin C? Should one take vitamin C tablets solely depending on the...
Please Can test vit c levels at lab Instead of taking vit c in tab form, take awla, lemon, regularly Can take Special Chyawanprash by Patanjali regularly 1 tsf twice a day.
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Can morning BS be higher than bed time BS even though nothing has been eaten/drunk in between. Lf so what may be the reason?

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 94% (11677 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
Can morning BS be higher than bed time BS even though nothing has been eaten/drunk in between. Lf so what may be the ...
Yes. Body being idle during the night. The sugar uptake is reduced and that leads to higher level of Blood sugar.
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I am 4+ months pregnant. When I should take injection for tetanus and how many times.

Dr. Indira Das 91% (2735 ratings)
MBBS, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology), MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Delhi
I am 4+ months pregnant. When I should take injection for tetanus and how many times.
If this is first pregnancy take inj tt 6, 7, 8th month of pregnancy. If its 2nd / 3rd and conceived within 5 years of 1st preg/ completed course of tetanus toxoid, take inj tt, 7, 8th month only.
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