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What can you tell me about whooping cough (pertussis)?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Respiratory tract: The germ targets the upper and lower respiratory tract.Early on there is just a runny nose and congestion,Over time it worsens, producing an outpouring of thick mucous that leads to the chronic cough.Affected infants can cough so hard they develop brain injury and or die during the process. Adults often have an intractable cough lasting 3 months or more.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

How does whooping cough / pertussis enter your body and what does it do to you?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Pertussis: Pertussis is extremely contagious and when a person inhales aerosol droplets in the air from a cough/sneeze at close range from an infected person, the chance of infection is high. This bacteria colonize the cells lining the airways and attaches to the cilia (small projections) and there is release of pertussis toxin and tracheal toxin damaging the airway leading to most of the symptoms.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what are my chances of having whooping cough?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Can't guess: How could we know that based on the information provided?
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the initial symptoms of whooping cough (pertussis)?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Pertussis: is divided into three stages: catarrhal, paroxysmal and convalescent. The 1st stage is characterized by common cold symptoms for 1-2 weeks. The 2nd stage is marked by the characteristic cough, and the 3rd by gradual resolution over 2-3 weeks.
A 40-year-old member asked:

My sons cough is very bad and was wondering could this be whooping cough or pertussis?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Would need to test: Vaccination for pertussis is included in the immunizations given at 2, 4, 6, and 15 months, with a booster at 4-6 years. How old is your son and is he up to date on his immunizations? Pertussis can be a very serious infection and outbreaks occur due to under-immunization. If his cough sounds bad or he is acting ill, take him to his doctor and mention your concerns.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How can bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) reproduce?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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 whooping cough & a multitude of other germs.

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