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What is the difference between respiratory and cutaneous diphtheria?

What is the difference between respiratory and cutaneous diphtheria?

Place: Diphtheria is an illness caused by toxigenic strains of corynebacterium diphteriae which may affect the skin or resp. Tract. Important sites of infection are the respiratory mucosa (respiratory diphtheria) and the skin (cutaneous diphtheria). Rarely, the mucosa of the eye, ear, or genitals may be affected. The incubation period is typically 2 to 7 days, occasionally longer. ...Read more

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Cutaneous (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of most complex organs of body. 3 layers: epidermis (outer), dermis (main part) and subcutaneous layers covers entire body, contains many specialized cells, maintains body temp, gathers sensory info from the outer world, has extremely important immune functions. It can give crucial clues as to what is internal. Dermatology and plastic surgery are ...Read more


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Is cutaneous diphtheria as dangerous as respiratory diphtheria?

Is cutaneous diphtheria as dangerous as respiratory diphtheria?

No: Cutaneous diphtheria is rare in the us. It is most often seen among persons with poor hygiene who live in crowded conditions. Skin infections with diphtheria are still common in tropical countries and are even more contagious than respiratory diphtheria. ...Read more

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What’s the difference between all the vaccines containing diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine?

What’s the difference between all the vaccines containing diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine?

Ingredients: The acellular pertussis vaccines is now recommended to be given at least once to all adults . There is no recommendation for more than 1 adult booster, but i would not be surprised to see it given for every booster (7-10 yrs) in the future.The other differences are related to the specific type of antigens and quatity in each vaccine.Antigens are the material that triggers your immunity. ...Read more

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I don't believe in immunizations. Am I or my child more likely to contract diphtheria?

Of Course You Are!!: Any vaccine preventable disease is more likely in someone who is exposed to it when not protected by immunizations.That is why millions of people have died without this protection over the years.Natural immunity does not fight off all infections, so by not immunizing your are gambling with your child.There exists no proof of serious complications of vaccines. So do you feel lucky today? ...Read more

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What's tetanus & diphtheria?

What's tetanus & diphtheria?

?TMI: This may be tmi , or too much information..But good articles on both are found here- http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/tetanus and http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/diphtheria. ...Read more

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How are vaccines made that prevent diphtheria?

How are vaccines made that prevent diphtheria?

Inactive: All diptheria containing vaccines are inactive, meaning the infectious agent has been altered so that it cannot cause disease, but can stimulate an immune response. ...Read more

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Is a dt booster the same as diphtheria booster?

Is a dt booster the same as diphtheria booster?

Includes diphtheria: The dt booster is for the prevention of diphtheria and tetanus. It's usually recommended every 10 years. There's a new vaccine out that also contains pertussis or whooping cough vaccine for adults. It's called tdap and it's recommended that adults get it once. ...Read more

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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

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When did vaccine first become available for diphtheria?

When did vaccine first become available for diphtheria?

1920's: In the usa was 1st given regularly in the 1920's.As many as 15, 000 people died annually from this sisease prior to the availability of the vaccine. ...Read more

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Distinguish between bacterial pneumonia and diphtheria?

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

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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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more