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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Whooping Cough (Overview)

A contagious bacterial disease that often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty breathing may also occur.


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Could my baby have whooping cough if he was exposed two weeks ago?

Could my baby have whooping cough if he was exposed two weeks ago?

Yes: Yes, symptoms of whooping cough develop after a typical incubation period of 7 to 10 days (range: 5 to 21 days). Initially symptoms are similar to a common cold, but then progress to significant paroxysms of cough which are notable for an inspiratory "whoop". Symptoms slowly resolve over weeks. The classic illness generally lasts 6-10 weeks. Routine childhood immunization is the best protection. ...Read more

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Whooping Cough (Overview)

A contagious bacterial disease that often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty breathing may also occur.


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

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

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. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Whooping cough (Tip)

Treat early with antibiotics if diagnosed with whooping cough. ...See more

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Child makes whooping sound when inhaling but does not have the cough, is that a symptom of whooping cough?

Child makes whooping sound when inhaling but does not have the cough, is that a symptom of whooping cough?

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 the er now. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of whooping cough besides coughing?

What are the symptoms of whooping cough besides coughing?

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 blood vessels in their eye and get a blood red conjunctiva. Sleep interruption can also cause daytime fatigue. All these symptoms are a result of the cough. ...Read more

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Whooping cough (Tip)

If a child in the home has whooping cough, make sure EVERYONE around the child is vaccinated. ...See more

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I babysat for a child who has just been diagnosed with whooping cough. Do need antibiotics?

I babysat for a child who has just been diagnosed with whooping cough. Do need antibiotics?

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 okay but it's also fine to get to your primary care doc for a check-in.
The vaccine for pertussis is given as a child and, now, gets repeated as an adult since we have to care for the little ones. ...Read more

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Can the morning after pill appear in a blood test for whooping cough?

Can the morning after pill appear in a blood test for whooping cough?

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 control pills, including morning after pill. ...Read more

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Whooping cough (Tip)

Avoid exposing babies until your child is not contagious—it is deadly for them. ...See more

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What are the tests for bronchitis and whooping cough?

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 for certain times after the infection starts, so they may not help. There is not a specific test for bronchitis, although when someone is coughing up mucus for a long time, testing it in the lab to see what germs are there can help guide treatment. ...Read more

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Whooping cough (Tip)

Don ' t forget to get immunized. Do give supportive treatment and make your child comfortable. ...See more

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What pathogen causes whooping cough?

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 adenovirus. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a whooping cough? Is this a lung problem?

What does it mean to have a whooping cough? Is this a lung problem?

It's an infection.: Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing. the coughing can make it difficult to breathe.  a deep "whooping" sound is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath. It is an upper respiratory infection caused by the bordetella pertussis or bordetella parapertussis bacteria. It can be prevented by vaccine. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane Steiner Dr. Steiner
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Whooping cough (Tip)

Immunize your baby when the pediatrician recommends it; you will have a healthier child. ...See more

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Best way to treat whooping cough when symptoms first show up?

Best way to treat whooping cough when symptoms first show up?

Erythromycin: Erythromycin is the main stay of pertussis treatment. Azithromycin is an alternative. The earlier treatment is started the more effective it will be. Supportive care especially for infants is of paramount importance. Other adjunctive treatment with corticosteroids, salbutamol, pertussis specific igg and antihistamines have been used but no significant benefit was found with any of them. ...Read more

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I diagnosed and treated me for whooping cough. Is it normal for me to be coughing up phlegm and blood and having a runny nose with mucus and blood?

I diagnosed and treated me for whooping cough. Is it normal for me to be coughing up phlegm and blood and having a runny nose with mucus and blood?

Yes: Whooping cough, or pertussis can cause excessive, protracted coughing. Small membranes in the throat may burst with hard coughing and blood may come up with phlegm. You may benefit from meds to supress the cough, especially to help you sleep. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for whooping cough in general?

What is the treatment for whooping cough in general?

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 prevents this disease so see your doctor for vaccination as well as diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more