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Antibiotics For Pertussis
My son was diagnosed with pertussis about 3 weeks ago he is 9 weeks old. He took antibiotics. He wasnt coughing and now he started coughing again.?
Common: Pertussis produces some long term issues with cough & if you are lucky it is picked up early. However, one old name for the disease is "the 100 days cough" and it can linger or occur long after the germ is gone. Antibiotics seldom change the progression of the cough but can eliminate the germs transfer to others.Consult with your pcp to see if they feel baby needs a re-check. ...Read more
Took care of my partner; with what we think had pertussis how can I be sure I didn't get it... We live in a small house and share a room?
See your doctor...: If you are having no symptoms, the most important thing you can do is get re-vaccinated, especially if there is a pertussis outbreak in your area. If you're having a frequent dry cough, lost of fatigue, especially if the cough is persistent and hacking, you may well have pertussis. There are tests that can be done for this, and antibiotics which can treat the infection if present. See your doc! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pertussis vs URI: Although the initial symptoms of a common cold and pertussis are very similar, their causes are not. Pertussis is caused by a bacterial infection, has three distinct stages, is dangerous in young children, lasts up to weeks and can be prevented with vaccination. Common colds are viral in nature, usually not dangerous, do not respond to antibiotics, and resolve on their own in a few days. ...Read more
Depends: If you were found to have antibodies in your blood against pertussis, you have been immunized like most people or recovered from the disease. If your cough was found to be due to pertussis, then baby, if unimmunized, may be given antibiotics prophylactically. Congratulations on being a parent -- awsome joys and awesome responsibility. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whooping cough: Caused by the bacteria bordetella pertussis. There are antibiotics that can hasten the resolution, but the best strategy is prevention by getting your pertussis vaccination (usually in the form of dtap for kids, or tap for adults). Pertussis is making a comeback, thanks to those who say vaccines are an unnecessary conspiracy. Babies have died in outbreaks. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/pages/nr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Time: Most patients with pertussis will resolved their cough over a 6-12 week time period. Some of the medications that may help cough from pertussis include steroids and inhalers such as ipratropium. In pulmonary we call this the 100 day cough because it can be so persistent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Consult your doc: Pertussis, whooping cough, is a highly contagious bacterial disease known for violent uncontrollable coughing. Antibiotics can be prescribed, but other supportive treatment might be required based on the general health of the person infected. It would be wise to consult your doctor about this. More info here: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002528/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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