Can diphtheria be cured?
If treated promptly, diphtheria can be cured in most cases.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 03 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Diphtheria symptoms show up one to 10 days after the infection and can include fever and chills, bluish skin color, breathing difficulties, barking cough, drooling, hoarseness, swollen lymph nodes, a sore throat, painful swallowing, a runny nose and a …
Diphtheria is an illness caused by infection with Corynebacterium diphtheriae bacteria. The bacteria infect the airways and multiply there, and release a dangerous toxin that may cause damage to major organs of the body.
Anyone can get diphtheria. People at increased risk are unvaccinated people, children, people in areas where the disease is still found and people with weakened immune systems.
Diphtheria is initially diagnosed by the symptoms. A final diagnosis is made by testing throat swabs and/or skin samples.
Diphtheria is treated with diphtheria antitoxin to neutralize the toxin and with antibiotics to get rid of the bacteria.
Diphtheria is spread by droplets spread into the air by sneezing and coughing.