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what symptoms suggest diphtheria?

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Dr. Willam Lau
Infectious Disease 10 years experience
Sore throat: Mainly sore throat with lymph gland swelling, hoarseness and stridor.

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A 20-year-old member asked:

What causes diphtheria?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Infection: Infection, usually in the throat, with cornybacterium diphtheriae produced a toxin that causes the signs and symptoms of diphtheria. Dpt vaccination prevents diphtheria.
A 22-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of diphtheria

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Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
Sometimes none: Sore throat, low grade fever, adherent membrane on tonsils, pharynx, difficulty breathing, but sometimes asymptomatic carrier state.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is diphtheria in the united states?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
55 cases in 30 yrs: From 1980 to 2010, there were 55 cases of diphtheria reported to the cdc.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I am already ill, will diphtheria cause complications?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Diphtheria is a serious infection whether you are already ill or not. Dpt vaccine prevents diphtheria and you should get vaccinated, if you did not get it while you were a child.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can having diphtheria cause you to be sterile?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: Diphtheria used to be a major cause of illness and death among children, before vaccines were developed. It is a serious bacterial infection, spread by respiratory droplets just like colds and the flu are spread. It does not cause one to become sterile.

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