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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 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Infection of lungs: Whooping cough is named for the horrible repeated sequence of short coughs followed by a dramatic whoop or vibratory noise from the airways as baby ta ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ratna Dhingra
43 years experience Pediatrics
Contact with patient: when a patient with whooping cough coughs there are droplets dispersed which cause disease in contacts
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sherer
36 years experience Anesthesiology
Peds: Best with antimicrobials, supportive therapy, and under the guidance of a good pediatrician or lung doctor.
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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 member asked:
Dr. Alan Greene
33 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: The usual time from exposure to pertussis to becoming ill with whooping cough is 7-10 days, but can be as long as 21 days.
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A member asked:
Dr. Sanjay Agarwal
25 years experience Pulmonology
?: Your question has too many vague and non specific points. Please rephrase and elaborate.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Persistent cough: It is an airborne disease that you acquire from someone else and it is highly contageous. It can result with a persistent cough that may last weeks, e ... Read More
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 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher Hove
24 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Whooping cough: Yes absolutely. But it can also be croup. Go straight to the pediatrician's office asap. If they are having difficulty breathing, go straight to th ... 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Rooklin
48 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Varied: While the worst part of whooping cough is definitely the cough, patients may develop muscle pain from the coughing. I've also had patients who break ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
See MD: See MD or ER. There are a variety of causes. Some benign, some serious.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
B.Pertussis: Classic whooping cough is caused by a bacterium, bordatella pertussis.Similar symptoms can be caused by otheragents such as a virus parapertussis and ... Read More
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 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Ng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Could be Viral or...: Go see your doctor. He/she needs to listen to your chest and lungs, possibly culture your throat, and possible give you an inhaler treatment or antib ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends: How old are you? Were you immunized against pertussis (whooping cough)? How are you feeling? If the answers are: adult, yes, fine...You should be o ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
M.D. visit: Your physician can order a test to determine if your baby has pertussis and/or the flu. There are also a number of viruses which can cause cold sympto ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
See Your doctor: You need seen.Even tho you have been vaccinated, pertussis is possible.But so is pneumonia, bronchitis, and other infections.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No: I trust you are referring to a blood test to see if a person has immunity to whooping cough. Such tests are not designed to detect use of birth contro ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cody Mead
Dr. Cody Mead answered
11 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: You could have a pneumonia setting in. See your doctor for the appropriate evaluation. Get well soon.
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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
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
The whoop: The classical manifestation of whooping cough (pertussis) is a coughing spasm which can last long enough to cause the baby to turn blue from lack of o ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: The components of this vaccine are all non-living synthetic materials that trick the immune system into developing antibodies for these germs. Only l ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
75-90% efficacy: The efficacies of current acellular pertussis vaccines (protection of the individual from a significant coughing and control of epidemic disease) rang ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Not at all: Whooping cough/pertussis is a very serious bacterial infection treated with specific antibiotics.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Satyanarayan Hegde
27 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Cough syrup: Over the counter cough syrups are not helpful.
A female asked:
Dr. Cindy Juster
35 years experience Pediatrics
Need to see Dr.: It is impossible to diagnose without examining you. Please see a Dr. for full evaluation and diagnosis.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Infection of lungs: Whooping cough is named for the horrible repeated sequence of short coughs followed by a dramatic whoop or vibratory noise from the airways as baby ta ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gebrehana Zebro (formerly Woldegiorgis)
31 years experience Internal Medicine
It could be many: Things . To mention few , postnasal drip , upper respiratory infection . If the symptom gets worse and become persistent , see your doc. If it is easi ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Erythromycin: Erythromycin is the main stay of pertussis treatment. Azithromycin is an alternative. The earlier treatment is started the more effective it will be ... Read More
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 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Whooping cough, or pertussis can cause excessive, protracted coughing. Small membranes in the throat may burst with hard coughing and blood may come ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Treatment...: Whooping cough, or pertussis, is caused by a bacteria so treatment is with an antibiotic prescribed by your doctor. There is a vaccine that largely pr ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Treatment...: Whooping cough, or pertussis, is caused by a bacterial infection so treatment is with antibiotics prescribed by your doctor. So, see your doctor for d ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
None: Whooping cough will run it's course.Saline nose drops, humidification may help. Honey if over 1 year of age, but no proven cure exists as a home remed ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience Pediatrics
Either.....: Either 5 days of the appropriate antibiotic or after 3 weeks of symptoms seems to be past the contagious period.

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