Diphtheria

Diphtheria


I did a little research and I found out how diphtheria affects its victims... (This is my first article on the site, please give your comments!)


Diphtheria

Diphtheria is an acute infection of the throat and nose which may prove fatal if untreated, or if treatment is delayed.

Causes: Diphtheria is caused by a bacillus, the corynebacterium diphtheriae. It produces powerful toxins which attack the mucous membranes of the throat and nose and, if no anti-toxin is administered, the heart, nervous system and kidneys. Diphtheria is usually contracted by contact with and infected person who spreads the bacteria when coughing or sneezing.

 

Symptoms: After a brief incubaion period ranging from two days to a week, the patient develops a mild sore throat and fever, feels weak and generally ill. A soft membrane forms over the affected tissues. The throat becomes painful , especially in swallowing and breathing, and the lymph glands at the side of the neck swell considerably, giving rise to a condition known as 'bull neck'.

 

Danger: The growth of the membrane may impair breathing and a tracheotomy, an operation which opens the airways, may have to be performed on a patient to allow him to breathe. If the infection is not treated swiftly, it will begin to spread. The jaw becomes paralyzed, followed by the eyes, the pharynx and finally the limbs and trunk. A massive attack can kill within three days, but a slighter attack may take up to three weeks to cause heart failure.

 

Treatment: Hospital treatment in isolation is essential. Treatment consists of antibiotics to combat the bacterial infection in the throat, and te anti-toxins to counteract the diphtheria toxins. Total bedrest is required, followed by a convalescent period and a very gradual reture to normal routine. If diphtheria is treated in time, the patient should recover fully.

 

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A note: I did not add pictures as they are quite graphic. I got the info from a book by Doctor Trevor Weston MD, MRCGP.

 






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November 04, 2007
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WOW! i didn't understand a word that you said but great

July 30, 2007
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ya i got that....a while ago

July 07, 2007
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Quite good but...what is it doing on the products section?

December 07, 2006
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crazy....great article.

November 30, 2006
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Wow! Good God what an interesting article!

November 24, 2006
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Nice article Its good too see people researching for
their articles! Thats what should be done, people should put
some effort into what they write

November 17, 2006
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Yeah, i know, i did a report on Diptheria last year. I
actually chose that illness cuz of this movie! I wanted to
know more about what this dog had saved these kids from.
Anyway, great article.

November 14, 2006
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wow, very descriptive....

November 05, 2006
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woah! Great article!

October 30, 2006
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I'm sorry about that stone paw Still great
article! Now i know what to watch out for! THANX.

October 28, 2006
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a very interesting article.
corynebacterium?!?!
ok never mind.

October 27, 2006
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Wow! great article

October 24, 2006
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Poor Rosie! I'm glad we have shots to preven it now!

October 23, 2006
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R.I.P the warriorcat pack
dow, to many big words

October 23, 2006
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Erm...thanks...

October 23, 2006
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yeah great research!nice article!

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October 22, 2006
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good artical, and what you said about that picture being too
graphic is true i felt so sick after reading a
book with stuff about it alongwith it's mini pictures

jennifer
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October 21, 2006
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great article.

Guest
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October 21, 2006
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Good research!

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October 21, 2006
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Wow, great article

Guest
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October 20, 2006
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Cool! I never knew that before! Terrific
article!!!

Guest
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October 20, 2006
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Looks like the Balto animators did some pretty good research
too, because they portrayed it accurately!
Interesting
article, thanks wolf-conductor!

October 20, 2006
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wow! this was really a terrific article! yes, pictures are
very graphic so i'm glad they only showed the sore throat
and weakness in movement and breathing in the movie. very
descriptive article very informative and well done!

October 20, 2006
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Wow!Interesting!GREAT ARTICLE!!!!

Guest
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October 20, 2006
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... eh, I had a "minor" case of Diphtheria when I was only
3. From my faint recollection of memories, it wasn't fun at
all being in the Baystate Youth Medical Center for a week....
(then again I practically lived in the hospital as a kid).
Got to be glad for over reactive parents . All the same,
very nice article, very organized and stuffs




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