Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the process of new diseases has not stopped. Many rare diseases such as monkeypox and black fungus have been reported in the past. There was no trace of these diseases like the earlier Kovid-19 or they only happened to a select few people.
Recently, some cases of diphtheria salt disease have been seen in Tamil Nadu, India and Peshawar, Pakistan. This is not a new disease, there is a vaccine for it. But earlier this happened to a very small number of people, and today the number of cases is increasing rapidly.
Diphtheria is a life-threatening respiratory disease and primarily infects children. That is why it is important that you know about this disease.
Do you know what diphtheria is?
This is a serious bacterial infection that usually affects the membranes of the nose and throat, according to the Mayo Clinic. Diphtheria is a rare disease. But recently some cases have been reported in Tamil Nadu in India and Peshawar in Pakistan. However, its vaccine is available in the market. But its spread is a cause for concern as it can be life-threatening for children.
Diphtheria can be treated with medication. But during treatment, diphtheria can damage the heart, kidneys and nervous system. Even with treatment, diphtheria can be life-threatening, especially in children.
What are the symptoms of diphtheria?
Symptoms of diphtheria usually begin 2 to 5 days after a person is infected, including:
sore throat and tonsils
sore throat and hoarseness
swollen or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck
shortness of breath or rapid breathing
fever and chills
After all, why does diphtheria occur?
Diphtheria can be spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. Especially in crowded conditions.
People can sometimes get diphtheria by handling things from an infected person. Like touching a towel, which may contain bacteria.
People who have been infected with the diphtheria bacteria and who have not been treated can infect people who have not been vaccinated against diphtheria.
who is in the greatest danger
Children and adults who have not been vaccinated
people living in crowded or unsanitary conditions
Anyone who has traveled to an area where diphtheria infection is more common
How can you protect yourself and your children from the risk of diphtheria?
The disease is more common in young children, according to the Mayo Clinic. So vaccinate them. Adults should also be vaccinated.
Stay away from crowded places. Use a mask because this is also an airborne disease.
If you notice any symptoms, consult a doctor immediately, it is possible to treat.
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