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Diphtheria (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

As mentioned above, the initial symptoms of diphtheria may be similar to those of a viral upper respiratory infection (a cold). However, there are certain symptoms and conditions which should warrant a visit to your health-care provide for further evaluation should they develop:

  • Severe sore throat or the inability to swallow


  • Neck swelling


  • Difficulty breathing


  • Chest pain


  • Extreme weakness or numbness


  • Exposure to someone with known or suspected diphtheria


  • Fever in individuals with a compromised immune system.
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