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what are the symptoms of whooping cough?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Depends on age: Whooping cough is caused by pertussis and symptoms follow 3 stages: catarrhal-runny nose, sneezing, low fever; paroxysmal-dry irritative hacking, eye-bulging, strangling, uninterupted "machine gun" cough every hour. Convalescent-symptoms diminish but can persist for 100 days. A "whoop" sound on breathing in can occur in children, but most teens and adults just cough without the whoop.
Answered on Oct 26, 2017

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