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Information about Diphtheria

We Have to Know about the Diphtheria

  • Serious bacterial infection
  • Usually affects mucous membranes of nose, mouth, and throat

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

  • A severe sore throat, fever, and cough in a child?

Causes of Diphtheria

  • Bacterial infection spread by person to person through the air – coughing, sneezing – or through contaminated personal items

Do’s and Don’ts-Diphtheria

  • DPT Vaccine

Signs & Symptoms of Diphtheria

  • A severe sore throat
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
  • Weakness
  • Nasal discharge

Medical advice for Diphtheria

  • When there is a known case of diphtheria in the house

Risk factors of Diphtheria

  • Children or adults without adequate immunization against diphtheria
  • Crowded or unsanitary surroundings.
  • Compromised immune status

Treatment for Diphtheria

  • DPT vaccine according to immunization schedule in newborn

Self-care for Diphtheria

  • · Follow immunization schedule against diphtheria

Investigations for Diphtheria

May require

  • Blood tests
  • Throat swab
                    Symptoms of Diphtheria