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What pathogen causes whooping cough?

What pathogen causes whooping cough?

B.Pertussis: Classic whooping cough is caused by a bacterium, bordatella pertussis.Similar symptoms can be caused by otheragents such as a virus parapertussis and adenovirus. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


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What causes the whooping in whooping cough?

What causes the whooping in whooping cough?

Can't catch breath: When a child has whooping cough he starts to cough and can't stop. As he continues to cough he loses his breath and when he finally stops coughing he takes a deep breath very fast. Since his throat is very small, the large amount of air moving very fast through the small airway creates a "whoop". ...Read more

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What is whooping cough?

What is whooping cough?

100 Day Cough: Whooping cough is an infection caused by the b. Pertussis bacteria. It may cause a severe cough characterized by a loud "whooping" sound, although not always.In infants severe respiratory problems may lead to death. When treated with antibiotics, the cough still lasts about 100 days.Most cases are preventable by immunizing.So the vaccine is best. ...Read more

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How can bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) reproduce?

How can bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) reproduce?

Sugar/water/mucous: The human respiratory system provides a luxurious collection of sugar, protein & water in the form of airway mucous.This provides ample nutrition for whooping cough & a multitude of other germs. ...Read more

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Whooping cough as a post-viral phenomrnon. Breath shortness, lack of sleep?

Whooping cough as a post-viral phenomrnon. Breath shortness, lack of sleep?

Possible: Two simple tests, the direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) test on the nasal secretions, and CBC with differential, as well as the 3 classic symptoms - 1) 'whoop' noise with inspiration after cough, 2) paroxysms of coughing, or many back to back cough episodes without a break, and post-coughing vomiting, all help to make the diagnosis ...Read more

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Why is whooping cough a bacterium?

Why is whooping cough a bacterium?

B. Pertussis: Bortadella pertussis causes whooping cough. Currently it is recommended to be immunized against pertussis in the pediatric population and once after age 19 (http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule.Pdf) whooping cough is treated with antibiotics and measures to support breathing such as oxygen and breathing treatments. ...Read more

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Pneumonia, bronchitis or flu shortness of breath. Coughing, wheezing, chills, fever, bodyaches, headache

Pneumonia, bronchitis or flu shortness of breath. Coughing, wheezing, chills, fever, bodyaches, headache

Hello. : Hello. Can not distinguish between these three diagnoses based on this information. You will need a medical history, a physical examination to include auscultation of your lungs and you might need a chest xray as well. They will probably check your blood oxygen level and may also do some lab tests. Would play it safe and get evaluated at the emergency room, as there is a possibility that you could have pneumonia. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Sneezing, nonproductive cough , slight expiratory wheeze, low fever?

Sneezing, nonproductive cough , slight expiratory wheeze, low fever?

How long: If it has been a few days you may have a viral infection, if longer i would be concerned about a bronchitis. See your doctor anyhow, especially because you are wheezing. ...Read more

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What causes hicc cough?

What causes hicc cough?

Phrenic nerve.: Irritation of the phrenic nerve somewhere along its course. The nerve travels from your spinal cord in your neck down through the chest, past the heart and innervates the diaphragm below. ...Read more

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What causes persistent cough?

What causes persistent cough?

Cough: Per Mayo Clinic common reasons for chronic cough may include: Post nasal drip, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, asthma, chronic bronchitis, infections, some blood pressure medications. There are many other less common causes. See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-cough/basics/causes/con-20030883 ...Read more

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Whats sign of pneumonia, cough, wheeze or chest tightness?

Whats sign of pneumonia, cough, wheeze or chest tightness?

All of the above: Or none of them. There is nothing specific about the symptoms of pneumonia or, for that matter, nearly every other disease your doc has to diagnose and treat. Symptoms are common to many different disease and have to be viewed in context. Rarely, pneumonia can cause no symptoms, and only be seen on a cxr. Most will have some fever and cough. ...Read more

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What causes this forceful cough when having bronchitis?

Inflammation: Lungs evolved to protect us by keeping foreign bodies out. Cough is one of the most effective defense mechanisms but it can be a very troubling symptom of any inflammatory insult (such as a bronchitis, usually caused by a virus). Sometimes the cough persists long after the bug is gone. You should have a cxr if you have persistent cough, and some inhalers can reduce (not eliminate) the cough. ...Read more

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Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

Persistent cough, phlegm in throat, no fever. Why?

It could be many: Things . To mention few , postnasal drip , upper respiratory infection . If the symptom gets worse and become persistent , see your doc. If it is easing up and getting better , probably it is nothing and self limited ...Read more

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Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

Violent dry cough. No phlegm?

See MD: See MD or ER. There are a variety of causes. Some benign, some serious. ...Read more

Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Whooping Cough (Definition)

A contagious bacterial disease that often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty ...Read more