Diphtheria is an upper respiratory tract illness characterized by sore throat, low-grade fever, and an adherent membrane of the tonsil(s), pharynx, and/or nose. A milder form of diphtheria can be limited to the skin. It is caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae, an aerobic Gram-positive bacterium.

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Diphtheria Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... Signs and symptoms of diphtheria may include: A sore throat and hoarseness Painful swallowing Swollen glands (enlarged lymph nodes) in your neck A thick, gray membrane covering your throat and tonsils...
Source: MayoClinic

Causes
... The bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae causes diphtheria. Usually the bacteria multiply on or near the surface of the mucous membranes of the throat, where they cause inflammation. Some types of C....
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Diphtheria Prevention

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Prevention
... Before antibiotics were available, diphtheria was a common illness in young children. Today, the disease is not only treatable but also preventable with a vaccine. The diphtheria vaccine is usually co...
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Diphtheria Treatment

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Complications
... Left untreated, diphtheria can lead to: Breathing problems. Diphtheria-causing bacteria may produce a toxin, a poison. This toxin damages tissue in the immediate area of infection — the nose and...
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Treatment
... Diphtheria is a serious illness. Doctors treat it immediately and aggressively with these medications: An antitoxin. After doctors confirm that a person has diphtheria, the infected child or adult rec...
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Diphtheria Other

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Overview
... Diphtheria (dif-THEER-e-uh) is a serious bacterial infection, usually affecting the mucous membranes of your nose and throat. The disease typically causes a bad sore throat, fever, swollen glands and ...
Source: MayoClinic

Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis
... Diphtheria is an acute bacterial disease involving primarily the tonsils, pharynx, larynx, nose, skin, and occasionally other mucous membranes. The characteristic lesion is marked by a patch or patche...
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

   

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  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis
    ... Diphtheria is an acute bacterial disease involving primarily the tonsils, pharynx, larynx, nose, skin, and occasionally other mucous membranes. The characteristic lesion is marked by a patch or patche...

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