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Blood Test For Whooping Cough
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
I am hospitalized w/ pnemonia and possibly whooping cough. Blood test came back pos for staph. How serious is staph infection in the lungs ?
Very: If you have positive blood cultures for staph aureus (ask your doctor what species of staph since if it is coagulase negative it is probably a contaminant) you are very seriously ill and infective endocarditis must be excluded from your diagnosis. You need to be seen in consultation by an infectious diseases expert. Hope you get over this soon. Good luck. ...Read more
I have been sick for 5 weeks blood work showed high white count dr said whooping cough my ribs and back are killing me is this normal?
I am getting over having whooping cough. For the past week cough up phlegm with traces of blood. And also my nose is running with mucus and blood?
I diagnosed and treated me for whooping cough. Is it normal for me to be coughing up phlegm and blood and having a runny nose with mucus and blood?
Cough: To know for sure, the health care provider may take a sample of mucus from the nasal secretions and send it to a lab, which tests it for pertussis. While this can offer an accurate diagnosis, the test takes some time, and treatment is usually started before the results are ready. ...Read more
Whooping cough occurs in three stages- the first causes runny nose and sneezing and people usually don't know they have it- this is the time it is easiest to get a positive result.
Once the cough starts- the second phase, it is more difficult to get the bacteria from a nose sample and so that would lead to an inconclusive result. Doctor's can generally diagnose by just hearing the cough ...Read more
Finding the germs: Whooping cough can be diagnosed by finding the germ in the body and/or by measuring body's response to the germ. However, those tests may only useful for certain times after the infection starts, so they may not help. There is not a specific test for bronchitis, although when someone is coughing up mucus for a long time, testing it in the lab to see what germs are there can help guide treatment. ...Read more
Nasal culture takes 10-14 days & most accurate if done before before 4th week illness. Picks up 30-50% cases pcr or polymerase chain reaction test fast (1 day) but can give false negative and false positive
direct fluorescent antibody (dfa) is also quick but even less accurate than pcr
nasal culture is “gold standard” but results up to 2 weeks! ...Read more
My cousin took the whooping cough test through a nose swab, how long does it take to get results?
Depends: There are different answers to this question based on how the test was done but, in general, it will take 7-14 days for the full results but you can get a 'preliminary' result in ~7-10. ...Read more
Confusing question: An adult can test positive for pertussis after receiving the normal childhood pertussis vaccines.The immunity to the childhood series can weaken over time & today many adults get the tdap (acellular pertussis with tetanus & diphtheria booster) to reduce their risk of bring pertussis home to a newborn. ...Read more
Time varies: Several things enter in to the time it takes to get a result. There are rapid tests that you can get a result for in a few hours, but they are not the most reliable test. While a positive result is probably true, a negative may not be. The best test is a culture, and that can take a week to 10 days because you have to grow the culture and it needs to get sent to special labs to do this. ...Read more
Could having a Tetanus, Whooping cough vaccine a week or two before doing the Ora Quick HIV test effect the results?
Stress response: Any stress will potentially effect a cbc, usually producing a mild rise in the total WBC count, dominated by mature forms. It is less likely if the CBC is drawn at the same time or soon after the shot, & more an hour or so later as the stress response kicks in. The dr ordering the test will take a mild stress effect into account when interpreting the study. ...Read more
My 7 year old son has had a chronic dry cough for about 2 1/2 months. I gave him singular did not work, he had chest xrays all good, lungs sound great, they did a "whooping cough test" negative. Cough meds do not work. No fever, acts like a healthy 7 year
The cause of a chronic cough can be a very tricky problem to figure out in kids or adults. Common causes include:
-pertussis (whooping cough)
-pneumonia or other infectious cause such as tuberculosis
it looks like your son's doctor has been doing a good job thinking of these problems and trying to rule out each one with the tests and medication trials they have been suggesting. Most of these problems will cause coughing all night as well as during the day except for habit cough. I've attached a website with some information on habit cough which is very common in kids. I hope this helps. ...Read more
Droplet: Exposure to the nasal secretions or cough of an infected person can pass it to you.It is passed with droplet (inhaled particles) or direct inoculation (contaminated fingers to nose or mouth. You incubate it for quite a while before ever having recognized cough.Your source may never have symptoms before they pass it to you. ...Read more
B. Pertussis: Bordatella Pertussis causes whooping cough. The condition comes on much like a common cold, usually with no fever. It takes about two weeks for the infection to settle into the lungs and cause the "whoop" Currently it is recommended that anyone with cold symptoms and cough longer than 7 days be considered to have possible Pertussis with testing and /or treatment. See your doctor ...Read more
Varied: While the worst part of whooping cough is definitely the cough, patients may develop muscle pain from the coughing. I've also had patients who break blood vessels in their eye and get a blood red conjunctiva. Sleep interruption can also cause daytime fatigue. All these symptoms are a result of the cough. ...Read more
Pertussis: is divided into three stages: catarrhal, paroxysmal and convalescent. The 1st stage is characterized by common cold symptoms for 1-2 weeks. The 2nd stage is marked by the characteristic cough, and the 3rd by gradual resolution over 2-3 weeks. Screening and confirmatory tests are performed with nasal swab samples or blood tests. ...Read more
Time for consult: Though whooping cough is well known for the "100 days cough", if you are still coughing a year or more later i would look into other diagnostic possibilities. Either your pcp or a pulmonary specialist could do some lung function studies on you to better define the process & come up with a plan for management. ...Read more
Pertussis: The CDC covers this very well. Adults get a much more mild infection. That is why immunization is so very important, for infants. The adult with pertussis may think they only have a cold. New recommendations, also, are for adults to be immunized for pertussis, when they get their tetanus booster. http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/ ...Read more
Complications: The cdc www.Cdc.Gov as recommended to give booster vaccines for pertussis in young adolescents, again in adulthood, even after the recommended pediatric dosages. Bortadella pertussis bacteria causes whooping cough and is treatable with antibiotics but complications can with other pneumonia dehydration-good supportive care with hydration and breathing medication helpful. ...Read more
Yes!: Especially if you're around young children. If you're a healthy middle aged adult with pertussis (whooping cough) you might have a cough for a few weeks, but you'll live. If you pass whooping cough to a newborn.. They can die. Do a google search for "baby with pertussis" and watch some videos. It's scary and sad. Get your tdap (tetanus and pertussis) booster today! ...Read more
Transient immunity: Whooping cough at best confers a patient with 5-10 years worth of protective antibody. Like tetanus & diphtheria, you need to receive boosters to stay protected. Before 1992, boosters were seldom given >6yrs due to vaccine side effects in older patients.The present vaccine is so well tolerated at any age, the tdap booster is recommended for adults every 10 yrs rather than tetanus or dt. ...Read more