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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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Where did pertussis come from ?

Where did pertussis come from
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Whooping cough: Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a bacteria called bordetella pertussis. It causes heavy, uncontrollable coughing that sound like barking. It is on the rise, therefore immunization against it is now recommended. Most of us have been immunized against it during our early years of life through the tdap tetanus vaccine and now booster is recommended for unimmunized. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms pertussis?

What are the symptoms pertussis?

Cough: It usually starts with a runny nose and congestion and then it's becomes a long, persistent, annoying cough for adults. In kids or infants it will often come with coughing fits that result in a whoop of inspiration after the coughing fit or sometimes after cough vomiting. Hence the name whooping cough. ...Read more

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Can I die from pertussis if I ignore it?

Can I die from pertussis if I ignore it?

Not likely: Pertussis can cause death in children, especially if the child is malnourished, has other respiratory illness or other intercurrent illness. An adult is not likely to die from it. ...Read more

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What disease can bordetella pertussis cause?

What disease can bordetella pertussis cause?

Whooping cough: Whooping cough, formally called pertussis, is a respiratory disease that in its classic form in small children can produce paroxysms of cough strong enough to fracture a rib and long enough to cause lack of oxygen in the body. It is especially harmful in infants less than 12 months old who are not yet immunized. Because of waning immunity from vaccine, boosters are now recommended in adults. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for pertussis for kids?

What is the treatment for pertussis for kids?

Antibiotics: A reasonable guideline is to treat persons aged >1 year within 3 weeks of cough onset and infants aged <1 year and pregnant women (especially near term) within 6 weeks of cough onset. The antimicrobial agents of choice for treatment or chemoprophylaxis of pertussis are azithromycin, Clarithromycin and erythromycin. ...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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Do doctors see a lot of patients with pertussis?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with pertussis?

Rare: This is a childhood/infant infection that used to be a feared epidemic disease lethal to many. Recent nonesense about vaccinations has led to pockets of recurrence in areas where the local climate drops the number vaccinated below the numbers needed for "herd" protection. Most docs will never see a case but a doc in an area with low rates may see a bunch. ...Read more

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What happens if you are pregnant and have pertussis?

What happens if you are pregnant and have pertussis?

Take meds/get better: You would likely develop some antibodies that will provide the newborn with some additional protection in the weeks after birth.Pertussis for adults is more an inconvenience than a threat. The fetus would not be affected by the illness or the meds taken to treat it. It would give the mom the "100 days" cough. ...Read more

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What is the difference between croup and pertussis cough?

What is the difference between croup and pertussis cough?

Cough types: In general, the cough of croup is usually worse at night, and resembles the bark of a seal or dog. Pertussis coughs are generally repetitive initially (frequently causing gagging and vomiting), and later by a characteristic 'whoop' at the end of a coughing episode. Croup is scary but not dangerous as pertussis is in small children. ...Read more