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How does diphtheria spread

How does diphtheria spread

Droplet, skin disch: The diphtheria organisms are spread by respiratory tract droplets or by contact with discharge from skin lesions. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Gram Stain (Definition)

The two major families of common bacteria are distinguished by the chemistry of their walls, specifically the ability of iodine to mordant their staining with crystal violet and prevent its being removed with strong solvent. Gram positives include staph and strep, while gram negatives include e. Coli. The stain has been in use for around 150 years and remains the ...Read more


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How can you avoid diphtheria?

Get vaccinated: Humans are the only reservoir of contageous material. Since international travel is common, a contageous traveler, early in their illness, could spred the germ anywhere in the world.The germs are often spread in a cough or contaminated secretions.Fully immunized persons can acquire a mild sore throat & spred it to others. ...Read more

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What symptoms suggest diphtheria?

What symptoms suggest diphtheria?

Sore throat: Mainly sore throat with lymph gland swelling, hoarseness and stridor. ...Read more

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How do I know if someone has diphtheria?

How do I know if someone has diphtheria?

You may not: Vaccinated persons may be asymptomatic carriers of the diphtheria germ or have a mild sore throat.Those with symptomatic respiratory disease develop symptoms over a few days & have a severe inflammation of the membranes in the back of the throat & nose. They can develop severe neck swelling, airway blockage & heart inflammation. ...Read more

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Where is diphtheria most commonly found?

Former Soviet Union: Between 1990 and 1998, more than 80 percent of all cases of diphtheria in the world were reported from the former Soviet Union. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: diphtheria?

A bacteria: 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 rare in United States. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there are any other names for diphtheria?

Not really: There are some old fashioned names for diphtheria that no one uses any more. Throat distemper, malignant croup, malignant quinsies, and a few others. The name of the organism that causes diphtheria is corynebacterium diphtheriae. ...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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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