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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)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more

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What's the treatment for whooping cough?

What's the treatment for whooping cough?

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

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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Control the cough with medications and keep hydrated
Once
Antibiotics should be finished, even if improving
Once
Assure all immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns when sick
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Is whooping cough contagious after treatment with antibiotics?

Is whooping cough contagious after treatment with antibiotics?

Depends: Most data cites that completion of 5 days of treatment with an appropriate medication will eliminate later spread of this germ. ...Read more

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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Keep patient away from babies
once
Provide cool, humidified air
once
Have child sleep with head elevated
once
If older than 3 allow cough drops
hourly, while awake
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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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Which other health problems are caused by whooping cough?

Seizures, apnea: Besides the terrible cough, whooping cough (in young babies) can cause cessation of breathing (apnea), seizures, and death. ...Read more

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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

visit your doctor for treatment
once
consider the need for antibiotics
once
may need to treat contacts
once
check your immunization status and those of relatives
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How do you calm the severity of the cough from whooping cough.?

How do you calm the severity of the cough from whooping cough.?

Cough: Treat it like any other cough with expectorants, decongestants, mucolytics and sometimes steroids. Most of these can be found over the counter. ...Read more

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Pertussus (Definition)

Pertussus is also known as Whooping cough. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a contagious bacterial disease, and often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty ...Read more

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Whooping Cough (Definition)

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a contagious bacterial disease, and often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty ...Read more

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