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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.?

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

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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?

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 more

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Should i go to work when I have pertussis?

After....: Currently you may return if you have completed a course of the appropriate antibiotic, usually a macrolide. Some experts believe your are no longer contagious after 3 weeks of illness. But check with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for pertussis to go away?

Pertussis: The old name for pertussis is the "100 day cough" - you should be evaluated as it can be very dangerous and only treatment is antibiotics (azithromycin) please see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pertussis and the common cold?

What is the difference between pertussis and the common cold?

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

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Was tested positive for pertussis. Is baby at risk?

Was tested positive for pertussis. Is baby at risk?

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 more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for pertussis?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for pertussis?

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 more

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Is there a remedy for a cough due to pertussis?

Is there a remedy for a cough due to pertussis?

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 more

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My husband has pertussis and now he's coughing up a blood and mucus matter. What could this be?

My husband has pertussis and now he's coughing up a blood and mucus matter. What could this be?

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 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