Treatment for diphtheria often includes supplemental oxygen, diphtheria antitoxin, antibiotics, respiratory therapy, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
Treatment for diphtheria includes:
- Supplemental oxygen
- Intravenous fluids
- Diphtheria antitoxin:
- Neutralizes the diphtheria toxin in the bloodstream
- Injected into a vein
- Antibiotics for diphtheria:
- Respiratory therapy
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Narcotic pain medication
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat diphtheria:
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