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What is the difference between respiratory and cutaneous diphtheria?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
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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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology

In brief: Diphtheria

Diphtheria is a highly contagious and potentially life-threatening bacterial disease caused by corynebacterium diphtheriae.
There are two types of diphtheria: respiratory and cutaneous. Respiratory diphtheria involves the nose, throat and tonsils, and cutaneous diphtheria involves the skin.

In brief: Diphtheria

Diphtheria is a highly contagious and potentially life-threatening bacterial disease caused by corynebacterium diphtheriae.
There are two types of diphtheria: respiratory and cutaneous. Respiratory diphtheria involves the nose, throat and tonsils, and cutaneous diphtheria involves the skin.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dr. Michael Fisher
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