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Doctor insights on: Scientific Name Of Diptheria

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How serious is diphtheria?

How serious is diphtheria?

Very serious for...: Unimmunized individuals. Case fatalities ranged from 3% to 23% during the epidemic in the former soviet union during the 1990s. Fully immunized individuals experience mild sore throat. ...Read more

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Diphtheria (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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How is diphtheria transmitted?

How is diphtheria transmitted?

Droplets/drainage: Diptheria is spread by contact with respiratory tract droplets from a respiratory carrier or drainage from skin lesions from a person with cutaneous diptheria.. ...Read more

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How should I treat diphtheria?

In many cases, YES: Otherwise, whoever has diphtheria can die, or while dying, can actively spread the disease to other people. ...Read more

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What are the tests for diphtheria?

DIPHTHERIA: The appearance of the membrane suggest th dx. Gram stain is positive to gram negative bacilli and send for culture for c. Diptheriae. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is diphtheria?

Bad infection: Diphtheria is an upper respiratory tract illness caused by corynebacterium diphtheriae, a facultative anaerobic, gram-positive bacterium.[1][2] it is characterized by sore throat, low fever, and an adherent membrane (a pseudomembrane) on the tonsils, pharynx, and/or nasal cavity.[3] a milder form of diphtheria can be restricted to the skin. ...Read more

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Does diphtheria have a high mortality rate?

Toxic strains 3-23%: Diphtheria has more & less toxic strains with impact based on toxicity. In unprotected areas the case fatality rate during epidemics in the 90's was 3-23%. See aap/red book/28ed/diphtheria. ...Read more

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Do people with diphtheria have a lot of pain?

Yes: Diphtheria is a nasty illness. We don't see a lot of it here, but in a lot of foreign countries, notably russia and surrounding areas, diphtheria is alive and kicking. Be thankful we don't see it here anymore, and the vaccine is so effective. Unbearable throat pain, aches, and more. ...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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How long is a person with diphtheria contagious?

How long is a person with diphtheria contagious?

48 hours: [not the eddie murphy movie!] usually a person with diphtheria is no longer contagious after they've taken antibiotics for 48 hours. ...Read more

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