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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

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

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Does adult from abroad in us need diphtheria and tetanus toxiod shots?

INS question?: I am not aware of any immigration requirement to have dt given, but it is a good idea for everybody to have these vaccines. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with diphtheria, how long before I am no longer contagious?

I was diagnosed with diphtheria, how long before I am no longer contagious?

4 days with abx: Untreated patients may continue to have infectious material in their secretions for 2-6 wks after primary infection. Patients treated with appropriate antibiotics are considered contageous fewer than 4 days. ...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 are the effects of diphtheria have on the mitral valve?

What are the effects of diphtheria have on the mitral valve?

Endocarditis: C. Diphteriae can cause infection on the mitral valve and this is called endocarditis. ...Read more

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How effective is tetanus-diphtheria toxoid (td)?

How effective is tetanus-diphtheria toxoid (td)?

93-99%+: Drug company data submitted for review show the vaccine produces a 4x or better increase in protective response in 93-99% of the study group. Researchers consider the 4x boost evidence of protection. Given the decline of tetanus to 40 or less per year in the US it appears something is going well. ...Read more

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How could you feel after the meningitis c jag and tetanas, diphtheria and polio jag?

OK, I'm ignorant: What does "jag" mean? Is it an abbreviation for something I'm not aware of?? Are you talking about the vaccines for these diseases? They are fantastic and can save lives - enough said. ...Read more

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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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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?

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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My child has diphtheria, can I also catch it?

My child has diphtheria, can I also catch it?

Yes: Diphtheria is highly contagious and possibly deadly disease. You and anyone else exposed to your sick daughter need a course of antibiotics such as Erythromycin and a diphtheria vaccine, regardless of previous vaccination history. ...Read more

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What are possible complications from diphtheria?

What are possible complications from diphtheria?

A few: Serious complications include severe neck swelling accompanying airway obstruction, myocarditis, and peripheral neuropathies. ...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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Why are kids under 5 and adults over 60 at risk for diphtheria?

Diphtheria: Children under the age of 5, most specifically less than 6 months are most vulnerable due to lack of antibodies to counteract the disease. This is the most important reason why these infants should start receiving the vaccine as early as 6 weeks of age. The risk for diphtheria in adults over 60 is due to waning immunity. This is why receiving regular boosters every 10 years is important. ...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

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