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A 16-year-old male asked:

for about 2 weeks i have hada "choking cough" where i can't breath at all. sometimes productive with clear thick sputum. could this be whooping cough?

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Dr. Jalal Zuberi
Pediatrics 45 years experience
Needs checking: Whooping cough can be contracted by young adults like your age due to waning immunity by this time from primary immunization many years ago. Signs of whooping cough are similar and due to its contagious nature, especially to vulnerable populations of the young and the elderly, you should see your doctor sooner to get it checked and be treated.

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