by Walton & Maberly .
Written in English
Get this from a library! Diphtheria: its symptoms and treatment.. [William Jenner, Sir]. Treatment. Diphtheria treatment today involves: Using diphtheria antitoxin to stop the toxin made by the bacteria from damaging the body. This treatment is very important for respiratory diphtheria infections, but it is rarely used for diphtheria skin infections. Using antibiotics to kill and get rid of the bacteria. A ‘bull neck’ is a common symptom of diphtheria. Diphtheria is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the nose and throat. Thanks to routine immunization, diphtheria is a Author: Markus Macgill. Laryngeal diphtheria can be either an extension of the pharyngeal form or can involve only this site. Symptoms include fever, hoarseness, and a barking cough. The membrane can lead to airway obstruction, coma, and death.
Diphtheria is an infectious disease caused by bacteria that usually produce exotoxins that damage human tissue. The initial symptoms of diphtheria are flu-like but worsen to include fever, swallowing problems, hoarseness, enlarged lymph nodes, coughing, and shortness of breath; some patients may have skin involvement, producing skin ulcers. Treatment for Diphtheria. The patient has to be given treatment immediately after the disease is suspected. A delay in treatment can result in death or long-term heart disease. Until the late 19th century, diphtheria was a gruesome killer with no known cause and many ineffective treatments. In , The New-York Times printed an advertisement for a . diphtheria is an illness of the upper respiratory tract characterized by the following: h pharyngitis, nasopharyngitis, tonsillitis or laryngitis diphtheria h adherent pseudomembrane of the pharynx, tonsils, larynx and/or nose. A diphtheria pseudomembrane is an exudate that is greyish, thick, firmly adherent and patchy to confluent.
The symptoms of diphtheria include moderate fever, fatigue, chills, and a mild sore throat. The propagation of the diphtheria bacilli leads to the formation of a thick, leathery, grayish membrane that is composed of bacteria, dead cells from the mucous membranes, and fibrin (the fibrous protein associated with blood clotting). This membrane firmly adheres to the underlying tissues of the . Diphtheria serum was a lifesaving treatment, but it did not prevent diphtheria infection. In , William H. Park of the New York City Health Department devised the first vaccine against diphtheria. Building on earlier work by Behring, Park precisely mixed diphtheria antitoxin with diphtheria toxin. Natural history of diphtheria with prevention and treatment interventions. Of the unvaccinated individuals who become infected with toxigenic Corynebacterium diphtheriae (a), 70% develop prodromal symptoms (b), whereas 30% become asymptomatic carriers (e). Eighty percent of individuals with nonspecific symptoms develop membranous diphtheria (c) whereas 20% recover. Fortunately, there are some easy treatments and home remedies that have been successful in curing this illness. If not completely, the disease can still be controlled to a great extent. In this article, the causes, symptoms, and home remedies of diphtheria will be discussed. Home Remedies for Diphtheria.