What is diphtheria?

Noor Health Life

Inflammation of the throat and respiratory tract

Diphtheria is a disease that affects the airways, ducts, and airways. This process causes the airways to swell and narrow the airways

Diphtheria is a common childhood illness. It is caused by a viral infection. The virus causes swelling of the upper respiratory tract, including the esophagus and respiratory tract.

This swelling causes a change in the baby’s voice. And makes it difficult to breathe. It is especially common in newborns and young children. Because their airways are small.

Symptoms of diphtheria include:

Severe “bad” cough

Breathing loudly (wheezing)

Difficulty breathing

Bad voice

Mild sore throat

Runny or stuffy nose


Grunt is a loud voice. It occurs when breathing through a narrow respiratory tract. Mild diphtheria can cause your baby to snore only when crying and coughing. If diphtheria gets worse, your baby may have wheezing and rest and difficulty breathing.

Diarrhea usually lasts for 1 week.

The viruses that cause diphtheria usually last up to a week. Whooping cough and loud breathing are very intense for the first 2 or 3 days and often become severe at night.

Take care of your child’s home

For most children, diphtheria is a mild illness. Which can be cared for at home. Here are some tips to help your child feel better.

Cool mist – cool moist

Cool, moist air can help reduce swelling of the airways, which can cause loud noises and difficulty breathing. It is a good idea to keep your baby close to the viper. If you do not have a Cool Must Viper. So a simple humidifier can be helpful in your child’s room. In winter, you can open your child’s room window to let in some cool air. Or take your child outside for a while to breathe in the cool night air.

Steam bathroom

You can also close the bathroom door and turn on the hot water tap so that the bathroom is filled with steam. You sit with your baby in the steamy bathroom for at least 10 minutes.

Fever and pain medications

Acetaminophen (Tylenol or Tempra) or ibuprofen (Motrin or Adol) can be used for fever and sore throat. Do not give your child ASA (acetyl salicylic acid or aspirin).

Help your child cough

Cough is a symptom of diphtheria. There is nothing that you can do to help stop the cough.

However, the virus that causes diphtheria can cause wheezing and asthma in children, and can sometimes cause chest infections. Take your child to the doctor if your child has a severe cough or Cole Mist does not help make your child’s breathing easier.

Over-the-counter cough medicines or over-the-counter medicines are usually not helpful for children. Although most cough medicines are harmless, they can cause some side effects, such as drowsiness and dizziness. These can cause unusual and serious side effects. Talk to your doctor before giving your child a cough medicine, especially if your child is taking other medicines or has other illnesses. If you are 1 year old, do not give cough medicine to your child at all.

Keep a close eye on your child

Babies with diphtheria may have difficulty breathing suddenly, and this can happen more than once. As long as your child has diphtheria, you may want to sleep in the same room to take care of it. This will keep you informed of any issues that may arise.

What can a doctor do about diphtheria?

Steroid medications

Your doctor may prescribe an oral steroid to reduce the swelling in the airways. It takes a few hours for the steroid to take full effect, and the effect lasts for 24 to 36 hours. Usually 1 or 2 doses are required.

If your child is having severe difficulty breathing, your child may be given a medicine called epinephrine, along with a mask that sprays the medicine into the baby’s airways. This medicine reduces the swelling in the baby’s airways very fast. Its effect lasts for 4 hours. After 4 hours the swelling may return and your baby may have more difficulty breathing. If it is necessary to give epinephrine, the doctor will want your child to stay in the emergency department for 4 to 6 hours to make sure the breath is being taken calmly.

Diarrhea can spread easily

The virus that causes diphtheria can spread from person to person, especially in the first few days. Keep your child at home. Until the fever subsides and the hoarse cough disappears. Keep your baby as far away as possible from newborns under 2 years of age.

Adults can also be infected with the same virus that causes diphtheria in their children. However, older children and adults have larger respiratory tracts and therefore the disease may look mild and flu-like.

When to contact your child’s healthcare provider

Call your child’s regular doctor if:

The fever lasts for more than 3 days

The cough lasts for more than 1 week

Your baby is breathing loudly

Your child complains of earache

Have other concerns or questions

Cole mast does not eliminate wheezing within 15 minutes

Your child may have intermittent wheezing or difficulty breathing

Your baby’s chest and abdomen are pulling in while breathing

Your baby’s lips may look blue or blue

Your child may start to salivate or spit, have difficulty swallowing, or refuse to drink beverages.

Your child may have neck pain or stiff neck

Your child may look drowsy or sleepy

key points

Diphtheria is a common childhood disease caused by a bacterial infection.

For most children, diphtheria is a mild illness that can be treated at home. There is no prescriptive drug that will stop the flow of emotions, though their effects can be curtailed.

If diphtheria is severe, take the child to a doctor. Contact Noor Health Life for more information. noormedlife@gmail.com

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