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

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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.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

How does whooping cough - bordetella pertussis - enter your body and what does it do?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
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, even after treatment with antibiotics. The cough is incapacitating.
A 40-year-old member asked:

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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