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Causes 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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
Ppssibly. Illness: Can be a reason. Reasons for missed/late periods: low body wt, obesity, marked wt ^ or v, over-exercise, prgancy, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (polycystic ovary syndrome or asherman’s syndrome). ...Read more
I was fully vaccinated against whooping cough yet got it when I was 8. It wasn't as severe but it was positive for pertussis. Cause?
Immunity wanes: Pertussis immunity wanes-decreases- even when fully vaccinated. Protection against pertussis in childhood is highest in the first year after 5th vaccine. Although immunity may wane, those who contract pertussis will have less severe disease. As an adult one needs at least one Dtap booster. Women need a Dtap booster with each pregnancy to protect their infants. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have had severe tinitus and some hearing loss since military. I had whooping cough while in training, could that be the cause? The army dr. Told me to suck it up for a month till they finally gave me medication.
Tinnitus: Tinnitus is not a typical symptom or consequence of whooping cough (pertussis). That being said, I cannot definitively say it can't cause it. Tinnitus has many causes and is the symptom of many common problems. The most common is hearing loss. If the tinnitus is problematic or worsening, then you should get a hearing test and an evaluation by an otolaryngologist (ent). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had anaphylaxis from a whooping cough vaccine as a child in the 1950's. Could this have caused my seizures from the time I was 10 until now? I am 61
Can a severe reaction (such as swelling& high fever) to a whooping cough shot in the 50's cause an abnormal EEG and seizures in later life?
Pertussis vaccine: This would be unlikely, but anything is possible. A very rare yet serious side effect associated with this vaccine is the occurrence of seizures. The cdc reports seizures in association with the vaccine (although not necessarily causative) in one child out of 14, 000 who are immunized. This can lead to coma, brain damage and even death, but these side effects usually occur shortly after. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infection of lungs: Whooping cough is named for the horrible repeated sequence of short coughs followed by a dramatic whoop or vibratory noise from the airways as baby takes a deep breath. It is caused by a vaccine preventable bacterial infection of the lungs that produces lots of sticky mucous baby coughs out to get air. Adults, even if immunized as kids, can get it, be asymtomatic & give it to babies who may die. ...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
Depends on age: Whooping cough is caused by pertussis and symptoms follow 3 stages: catarrhal-runny nose, sneezing, low fever; paroxysmal-dry irritative hacking, eye-bulging, strangling, uninterupted "machine gun" cough every hour. Convalescent-symptoms diminish but can persist for 100 days. A "whoop" sound on breathing in can occur in children, but most teens and adults just cough without the whoop. ...Read more
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