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Are whooping cough and the croup caused by the same virus or bacteria?

Are whooping cough and the croup caused by the same virus or bacteria?

No.: Whooping cough is caused by the highly contagious, but vaccine preventable bacteria bordetella pertussis. Croup is usually caused by respiratory viruses with parainfluenza being most common. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Croup (Definition)

Croup is a description of variety on upper respiratory tract condition in children, including laryngitis, laryngotracheitis, laryngotracheobronchitis, bacterial tracheitis or spasmodic croup. Common symptoms are: cough, inspiratory stridor, hoarseness, barking cough, sore ...Read more


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Is whooping cough and the croup the same diphtheria virus just different names?

Is whooping cough and the croup the same diphtheria virus just different names?

Not at All: Whooping cough is caused by bv.Pertussis. Croup is caused by many viruses diptheria is neither of the above and unique. The symptoms however may be similar. ...Read more

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Is whooping cough and the croup the same?

Is whooping cough and the croup the same?

No: Croup is triggered by a group of respiratory viruses and is usually benign. Whooping cough is triggered by a bacteria that infects the lungs and triggers a violent cough. Babies can cough hard enough to have a stroke and die. ...Read more

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Is whooping cough and croup the same thing?

Is whooping cough and croup the same thing?

No: They are two different infections that can affect the respiratory system. Croup is typically a viral infection in children under 6 yeas of age. Whooping cough also know as pertussis is caused by a bacteria. Early treatment with antibiotics can limit its effects. Vaccination of children and adults is the best protection for whooping cough. ...Read more

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Is "whooping" cough same thing as "the croup"?

Is "whooping" cough same thing as "the croup"?

No: Whooping cough is a specific infection with a bacterium. Croup is a symptom, usually in children, due to narrowing of airways with many different types of bronchitis. Whooping cough is one cause of croup. ...Read more

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My son is 13 months, he has had his flu and dtap vaccine...Is it still possible for him to have what sounds like whooping cough or is it croup?

My son is 13 months, he has had his flu and dtap vaccine...Is it still possible for him to have what sounds like whooping cough or is it croup?

Both possible: The vaccine provides good but not total protection from pertussis.If you are in an area where it has been found in the day care centers it is worth testing.The vaccine protects your kid from a severe case.The wc produces a continuous cough like a machine gun followed by a deep whoop (late in the illness).Croup seldom has more than 1-3 coughs before sounding like a seal bark. See your doc for eval. ...Read more

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Which other health problems are caused by whooping cough?

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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Is the tdap vaccine the same as whooping cough?

Yes and more:: The tdap vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). All of these are serious, potentially deadly illnesses caused by bacteria.Tdap is recommended as a booster to the dtap vaccine in people ages 11 - 64.Tdap is given to children between ages 11 or 12. Adults:19 to 64 should receive 1 dose of tdap instead of the td vaccine, then have td boosters every 10 years. ...Read more

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Is the tdap vaccine the same as whooping cough vaccine?

Is the tdap vaccine the same as whooping cough vaccine?

1 of 3 components: Tdap is actually a 3 component vacine. The "t" protects you from tetanus (the rusty nail thing). The "d" protects you against diptheria (remember the illness treated by mr gauer in "it's a wonderful life"). The "p" protects you against pertussis - the doctor word for whooping cough. So you get a three in one treat with tdap! ...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


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A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more