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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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What is the treatment for whooping cough in general?

Dr. Sue Ferranti
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
24 years in practice
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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

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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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
24 years in practice
12M people helped
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What's the treatment for whooping cough?

Dr. Sue Ferranti
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
24 years in practice
12M people helped
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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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Is whooping cough contagious after treatment with antibiotics?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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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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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Board Certified, Adolescent Medicine
45 years in practice
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What is the best treatment for whooping cough? My son, age 20 has it. He had a severe reaction to the baby vaccine and never had the second shot.

Dr. Carla Enriquez
Board Certified, Adolescent Medicine
45 years in practice
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Azithromycin: Azithromycin is the indicated treatment for pertussis. Supportive measures such as hydration, rest and cough suppressants are also helpful but not mandatory. ...Read more

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Dr. John Simpson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
29 years in practice
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Could my baby have whooping cough if he was exposed two weeks ago?

Dr. John Simpson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
29 years in practice
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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. Roy Benaroch
Board Certified, Pediatrics
22 years in practice
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Which other health problems are caused by whooping cough?

Dr. Roy Benaroch
Board Certified, Pediatrics
22 years in practice
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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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Dr. Stephen Camacho
Board Certified, Family Medicine
19 years in practice
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How do you calm the severity of the cough from whooping cough.?

Dr. Stephen Camacho
Board Certified, Family Medicine
19 years in practice
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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. Shalabh Bansal
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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What are some of the whooping cough symptoms?

Dr. Shalabh Bansal
Board Certified, Pediatrics
8 years in practice
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What are some of the whooping cough symptoms?

Pertussis symptoms: Prolonged cough (sometimes resulting in vomiting), fast breathing, retractions, congestion, low grade fevers, and the breathing pattern for which it gets its name whooping cough -> the child caoughs so hard and so much, they are unable to get a breath and then inhale a loud "whoop" sounding breath. ...Read more

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Dr. C. Michael Bowman
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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What are noticable differences between a cold and whooping cough?

Dr. C. Michael Bowman
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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Severity of cough: The coughs that come with a cold and whooping cough (pertussis) are quite different and depend on the age of the person infected (younger - generally more severe). Whooping cough is a cough that comes in spasms (like 10 coughs in 20 seconds) followed by a "clear period" (2 - 5 minutes with no cough). A cold has coughs that are fewer and regular (with no "clear time"). Both can happen day or night. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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What is whooping cough?

Dr. Mark Diamond
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
16M people helped
What is whooping cough?

100 Day Cough: Whooping cough is an infection caused by the b. Pertussis bacteria. It may cause a severe cough characterized by a loud "whooping" sound, although not always.In infants severe respiratory problems may lead to death. When treated with antibiotics, the cough still lasts about 100 days.Most cases are preventable by immunizing.So the vaccine is best. ...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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