How is diphtheria diagnosed?

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After swabbing the throat of an infected individual, the doctor sends the sample to the laboratory where it is cultured. If a person is suffering from the type of diphtheria that affects the skin, the doctor can obtain tissue from an infected lesion for testing.

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Diagnosis Of Bacterial Infections

Diagnosis Of Bacterial Infections

Diagnosing a bacterial infection typically includes evaluation by a physician. In order to determine the type of infection from bacteria, the doctor will first perform a physical exam, looking at symptoms such as a fever, sore thr...

oat or cough. The physician may then collect blood or urine samples; take x-rays; and take a throat culture for lab analysis.
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