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whooping cough vs bronchitis

A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. C. michael Bowman
45 years experience Pediatrics
Finding the germs: Whooping cough can be diagnosed by finding the germ in the body and/or by measuring body's response to the germ. However, those tests may only useful ... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
41 years experience Periodontics
Cough: To know for sure, the health care provider may take a sample of mucus from the nasal secretions and send it to a lab, which tests it for pertussis. Wh ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Requires culture of: Secretions from nasopharynx to make a positive identification. A good number of adults and teenagers are actually experiencing whooping cough instead ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Velt
Dr. Paul Velt answered
41 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Whooping cough: has a distinct cough. Bronchitis and pneumonia may be difficult to tell apart but many times bronchitis on an X-ray will not show whereas pneumonia sh ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
46 years experience Radiology
Yes: The infectious agent, bacterial or viral, can be transmitted to susceptible individuals by coughing and droplet transmission.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Basil Harris
22 years experience Emergency Medicine
Mostly YES: Pneumonia or acute bronchitis are respiratory illnesses caused by viruses or bacteria. Typically these are spread by droplets when an infected indivi ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
See below: Walking pneumonia is a type of pneumonia caused by the bacteria mycoplasma pneumonia. It typically looks worse on xray than the patient looks. Asthm ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Pertussis: A godawful disease that was once part of almost every childhood. Before antibiotics and immunizations, expect 4-8 weeks of constant coughing, so bad ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Hello. : Hello. Can not distinguish between these three diagnoses based on this information. You will need a medical history, a physical examination to includ ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends on type: "walking pneumonia" basically means you are not sick enough to be on bed rest in a hospital getting intravenous meds. Some pneumonias have suggestive ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Probably not...: A post-viral cough is usually due to bronchospasm and residual airway inflammation. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers are prescribed to treat this s ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: asthma isn't contagious, viral diseases can resemble asthma, and they are contagious, but asthma as it is no,
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mohammad Khan
29 years experience Pediatrics
COPD/asthma: the presentation may be similar or overlapping. Please see pulmonary specialist if you have this problem for 18 months
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edwin Ishoo
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Pneumonia: You have acute pneumonia or bacterial bronchitis and you need urgent medical attention. You also list no medical history of any conditions or medicati ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Without symptoms: Viral bronchitis is usually contagious 1-4 days after intiation of illness. However coughing and sneezing spreads contagious droplets with virus from ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
27 years experience Family Medicine
No: Pneumonia denotes infection in the lung parenchyma (lung tissue). Bronchits denotes infllamation in the bronchilal airway. Pneumonia is a more seriou ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
How long: If it has been a few days you may have a viral infection, if longer i would be concerned about a bronchitis. See your doctor anyhow, especially becaus ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
37 years experience Pediatrics
Chronic cough: Chronic cough lasting for a month is suspicious for whooping cough or pertussis. Follow up with doctor for exam, diagnosis and treatment.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Sugar/water/mucous: The human respiratory system provides a luxurious collection of sugar, protein & water in the form of airway mucous.This provides ample nutrition for ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Cough and antibiotic: There can be a lot of reasons for a cough. Since you are not a smoker the most likely is that this is indeed an infection. Your doctor will try to ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Kohn
Dr. Gary Kohn answered
26 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Yes: Asthma has many symptoms that can include a cough. Typically the cough is described as dry but can also have a croupy nature. It is not uncommon to di ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Bradley Berg
Specializes in Pediatrics
Can't catch breath: When a child has whooping cough he starts to cough and can't stop. As he continues to cough he loses his breath and when he finally stops coughing he ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
All of the above: Or none of them. There is nothing specific about the symptoms of pneumonia or, for that matter, nearly every other disease your doc has to diagnose an ... Read More
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