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Doctor insights on: Bacteria That Causes Diptheria

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Is diphtheria a virus or bacteria? Please advise!

Is diphtheria a virus or bacteria? Please advise!

Bacteria: Diptheria is an upper respiratory illness caused by Corynebacterium diptheriae. It is a very unpleasant upper respiratory illness characterized by croupy breathing, shortness of breath with a grayish membrane seen in the pharynx. It is treatable with appropriate antibiotics but it is a completely preventable illness with appropriate vaccination. ...Read more

Diphtheria (Definition)

Diphtheria is a potentially fatal, contagious disease that usually involves the nose, throat, and air passages, but may also infect the skin. Its most striking feature is the formation of a grayish membrane covering the tonsils and upper part of the throat. This is a preventable disease by vaccination. It is ...Read more


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Distinguish between bacterial pneumonia and diphtheria?

Different organisms: Cornynebacterium diphtheria produces illness via toxin that causes inflammation whereas bacterial pneumonia such as strep pneumonia or mycoplasma cause infection by multplying and causing inflmation. This is not to say that diptheria do not multiply, quit the contrary but to stabelize this infection you need antitoxin whereas with bacterial pneumonia, you attack this will antibiotics. ...Read more

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What causes diphtheria?

What causes diphtheria?

C.diphtheriae strain: The germ corynebacterium diphtheriae is a bacteria that has a toxic strain that uses humans as it's only reservoir. It produces a variety of enzymes that allow it to penetrate and destroy cells or have toxic effects on the heart, kidneys & nerves. ...Read more

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Can having diphtheria cause you to be sterile?

Can having diphtheria cause you to be sterile?

Diphtheria : Not usually. The toxin is cardio toxic and the antitoxin will help with cardiac issues. Ii have not heard of sterility issues with diphtheria. I had the only case in the country 10 yrs ago. It will produce a greenish exudate and the tissue in the pharynx will slough. My patient sloughed all the tissue above her vocal cords. I had to put a breathing tube in her to save her life. ...Read more

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I am already ill, will diphtheria cause complications?

I am already ill, will diphtheria cause complications?

It could: Do you have diphtheria? Or are you asking a general question? If you have diphtheria pleas see a doctor for treatment to prevent complications. ...Read more

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What is the "host response" for the infectious disease caused by diphtheria?

Follow the link: http://www.slideshare.net/doctorrao/corynebacterium-diphtheria Much more informative than this space allows ...Read more

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Could tdap( diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis) shots cause pain for over a week?

Could tdap( diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis) shots cause pain for over a week?

It can cause pain: Injections can cause local hematomas, or "bruises" to the muscle. This happens especially if a person or child tenses the muscle during an injection. After an injection, it is best to use cool compresses to the area for the first 24 hours - then change to warm compresses (not too hot!). Also, gentle massage to the area helps resolve the swelling. ...Read more

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What is diphtheria?

What is diphtheria?

Diphtheria: Diphtheria is a bacterial infection of the upper airway caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae. This disease was historically associated with severe illness and sometimes death, until the vaccine against it was developed in the early 1920's. Currently, immunization schedules including the DTaP vaccine have been tremendously successful in preventing this disease. ...Read more

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What are the effects of diphtheria?

Death rate is 5-10%,: up to 20% in patients <age 5 & > age 40 from infections caused by toxin-producing strains of Corynebacterium Diphtheriae. It was endemic in San Antonio, TX, when I worked there. There is tissue damage. A grayish pseudomembrane covers the tonsils & throat &, sometimes, the larynx. It can obstruct the airway. The toxin damages the heart & paralyzes the soft palate eyes, limbs & diaphragm. Immunize! ...Read more

Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more