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    5 Essentials You Must Know About Diphtheria

    Diphtheria is an infectious disease which caused by the Corynebacterium diphtheriae bacterium.

    Through respiratory droplets, Diphtheria is spread from person to person.You may catch the diphtheria bacteria when an infected person is coughing or sneezing around you.  A person can get diphtheria by touching an object, like a toy, that has the Diphtheria bacteria on it. It can be fatal.

    1. What are the signs and symptoms of Diphtheria?

    The bacteria produces poison that destroys healthy tissues in the respiratory system, most commonly infect your nose and throat. The symptoms of diphtheria usually begin two to seven days after infection.

    • Fever of 38 °C (100.4 °F)
    • Fatigue and chills
    • Sore throat
    • Swollen glands in the neck
    • Difficulty and painful swallowing
    • A loud, barking cough

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    After bacteria destroyed the healthy tissue, within two to three days, the dead tissue will form a thick, gray coating (called “pseudomembrane“) that can build up in patients’ throat or nose. Patient will have hard time breathing and swallowing as the pseudomembrane covers tissues in the nose, tonsils, voice box, and throat.

    The poison may also get into the blood stream, damaging the heart, kidneys, and nerves.

    2. What are the treatments of Diphtheria?

    Diphtheria is a serious condition, so your doctor will treat you quickly and aggressively.

    The first step of treatment is an antitoxin injection to kill the bacteria. Your doctor might start with small amount and gradually increase to higher amount if the symptoms didn’t improve.

    Other than that, doctor will also prescribe antibiotics, such as erythromycin and penicillin, to help clear up the infection.

    Diphtheria patients are usually asked to stay in isolation, until they are no longer contagious — this usually takes about 48 hours after starting antibiotics, to avoid passing your infection on to others. After that, doctor will run test to ensure the bacteria is no longer in the system.

    Even with treatment, about 1 out of 10 people who gets diphtheria will die.

    3. How to prevent?


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    • Vaccination
    • Antibiotics
    • Wash hands with soap
    • Cover up coughs and sneezes.

    4. Can you explain more about the Vaccination?

    Babies and Children

    The vaccine for diphtheria is called DTaP. It’s usually given in a single shot. The DTaP vaccine is administered in a series of five shots. It’s given to children at the following ages:

    • 2 months
    • 4 months
    • 6 months
    • 12 to 18 months
    • 4 to 6 years

    Preteens and Teens

    It is recommended that preteens get a booster dose of Tdap at 11 or 12 years old.


    Adults should get a dose of Td every 10 years. For added protection against whooping cough, any adult who never received a dose of Tdap should get one as soon as possible. The dose of Tdap takes the place of one of the Td shots.

    5. What are the side effects of vaccination?

    Most children don’t have any side effects from the vaccination shot. However, they may experience mild side effects such as redness, swelling, and pain from the shot, fever, and vomiting. They happen in about 1 out of every 4 children who get the shot.

    More serious side effects are rare but can include:

    • A fever over 105 degrees
    • Nonstop crying for 3 hours or more
    • Seizures (jerking or twitching of the muscles or staring)
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  • Posted by Pamela on June 24, 2016, 10:45 am

    Thanks for the great info. It is indeed important to learn about this

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    • Posted by Qian on June 25, 2016, 11:38 am
      in reply to Pamela

      No problem Pamela. Share this with others too! It has claimed life, and MOH has issued warning on this.

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  • Posted by Angel on June 24, 2016, 11:02 am

    This is sad when saw the news that the kids died due to this disease… Thank you for sharing anyway.

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    • Posted by Qian on June 25, 2016, 11:39 am
      in reply to Angel

      Yes it’s sad indeed. That’s why we need to prevent before it has become worse.

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  • Posted by Zafirah on June 24, 2016, 11:18 am

    thank you for the sharing..

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  • Posted by Kolin zainal on June 24, 2016, 11:38 am

    Serius I takut baca!! This is soo important. Hope all the parents take note on this issue

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  • Posted by shamiera osment on June 24, 2016, 12:05 pm

    ouchh..this is a serious issue to take note..thanxs for sharing..

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