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Will diphtheria make me infertile?

Will diphtheria make me infertile?

It could: Like any medical stress, diptheria could interfere with male and female fertility. Good treatment, good nutrition, and good medical care will minimize the risks. ...Read more

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Infertility (Definition)

Infertility = inability to conceive or if a woman under age 35 - not being able to get pregnant after having regular sex for a year without birth control use. For a woman over 35 years old is not being able to get pregnant after having regular ...Read more


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How can people get diphtheria?

How can people get diphtheria?

Diphtheria: This is an acute upper respiratory tract infection, but sometimes it infects the skin. Hippocrates first described the disease in the 4th century BC and major epidemics swept through Europe in the 17th century. It was known as 'the strangling angel of children'. it spreads through droplet infection. The means by respiratory secretions ( sneezing, coughing) ...Read more

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How common is diphtheria in the united states?

Fortunately-not very: There have been only 3 cases in the us between 2000 and 2007. Here's more information for you: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/diphtheria. ...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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Are diphtheria outbreaks common in developed countries?

Are diphtheria outbreaks common in developed countries?

Diphtheria: No, because we have a DTP or diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine available. Undeveloped countries don't have the same level of vaccination and still do see problems with all of these infections. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for diphtheria?

Yes: Diptheria antitoxin given IV and antibiotics to kill off the infection while protecting the airway with mechanical ventillation. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with diphtheria?

Fortunately NO: Diphtheria is an upper airway infection by a bacteria, corynebacterium diphtheria, which causes sore throat, fever, and a classic appearing (and somewhat nasty) infectious "membrane" on your tonsils. Sometimes just the skin is infected. Diphtheria is extremely rare in north america (and another reason to get your vaccines!). Diphtheria protection is provided in the typical "tetanus shot" (td). ...Read more

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My son has diphtheria, how long until he can return to school?

My son has diphtheria, how long until he can return to school?

Finish RX & neg test: Patients with pharyngeal diphtheria are considered potentially contageous untill they have finished their antibiotic rx and had 2 negative cultures at least 24hrs apart. ...Read more

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I was wondering what do tetanus and diphtheria have in common?

I was wondering what do tetanus and diphtheria have in common?

Bacterial diseases: The most important thing for you to know that these are both bacterial diseases that have been conquered by immunization -- so long as we can get the immunization to people, overcoming superstition and slick disinformation campaigns.The bacteria are still very much with us. Both diseases are agonizing and often lethal. ...Read more

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