A bacteria that attacks the mucous membranes of the throat and nose leads to an infection called 'Diphtheria'. A thick, gray coating on the throat and tonsils confirms that whether a person is suffering from diphtheria. Fever, swollen glands in the neck, cough, sore throat, bluish skin and dizziness are the most common symptoms of this condition. Diphtheria is contagious. Antitoxins help in treating this illness. However, if left untreated, it can cause serious problems to the kidneys, nervous system and the heart.
HOW IS DIPHTHERIA DIAGNOSED?
5% to 10% of those who are affected by diphtheria, die.