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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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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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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 a whooping cough cause when I cough I wezz?

What is a whooping cough cause when I cough I wezz?

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

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Can whooping cough cause someone to lose their sense of taste?

Can whooping cough cause someone to lose their sense of taste?

No: There is no reason that a patient with whooping cough should lose their sense of taste. The symptoms involve the chest and taste involves the tongue and the sense of smell. ...Read more

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Can whooping cough cause high liver enzymes?

Can whooping cough cause high liver enzymes?

No: Not normally. Pertussis normally causes an elevation of atypical lymphocytes on a complete blood count. ...Read more

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Can a mild case of the whooping cough cause a late menstrual period?

Can a mild case of the whooping cough cause a late menstrual period?

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

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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?

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 more

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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 more

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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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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

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

Not bad explanation: You may have a good explanation for brain injury associated with the anaphylactic reaction, and subsequent seizures, although other causes may be additive, such as prior head injuries. ...Read more

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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

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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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What is a whooping cough?

What is a whooping cough?

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

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How does whooping cough spread?

How does whooping cough spread?

Contact with patient: When a patient with whooping cough coughs there are droplets dispersed which cause disease in contacts ...Read more

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How do they treat whooping cough?

How do they treat whooping cough?

Peds: Best with antimicrobials, supportive therapy, and under the guidance of a good pediatrician or lung doctor. ...Read more

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How can people catch the whooping cough?

How can people catch the whooping cough?

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

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What are the symptoms of whooping cough?

What are the symptoms of whooping cough?

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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Will clyndamdicyn work for whooping cough?

Will clyndamdicyn work for whooping cough?

Wrong antibiotic: The treatment for pertussis (whooping cough) is azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, or sometimes trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (bactrim), but not clindamycin. ...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