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What is the difference between croup and pertussis cough?

What is the difference between croup and pertussis cough?

Cough types: In general, the cough of croup is usually worse at night, and resembles the bark of a seal or dog. Pertussis coughs are generally repetitive initially (frequently causing gagging and vomiting), and later by a characteristic 'whoop' at the end of a coughing episode. Croup is scary but not dangerous as pertussis is in small children. ...Read more

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Croup (Definition)

A description of variety on upper respiratory tract condition in children, including laryngitis, laryngotracheitis, laryngotracheobronchitis, bacterial ...Read more


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According to the USMLE, what is the difference between croup and pertussis?

According to the USMLE, what is the difference between croup and pertussis?

WhoopingCough/Croup: Pertussis(WhoopingCough) causes cough comes in coughing fits followed by vomiting and there may be long pause in breathing&whoop may cause cyanosis and turn the lips blue.it is serious condition in children and is caused by a Bacteria Bordetela pertussis&treated with antibiotics and is preventable with vaccine Croup is a mild self limiting Viral illness causes croupy barking cough and no Vaccine ...Read more

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Is there a difference in the breathing sounds of someone with croup compared to pertussis?

Is there a difference in the breathing sounds of someone with croup compared to pertussis?

Breathing sounds: With severe croup, you may hear stridor, which is an inspiratory sucking or squeaking sound. This is a sign of severe tracheal narrowing and warrants immediate medical attention. With pertussis, there are many coughs in a row (>5) which makes it hard to breath in between. Sometimes there's a whooping sound after the cough attack. For both conditions, the child should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Where did pertussis come from ?

Where did pertussis come from
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Whooping cough: Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a bacteria called bordetella pertussis. It causes heavy, uncontrollable coughing that sound like barking. It is on the rise, therefore immunization against it is now recommended. Most of us have been immunized against it during our early years of life through the tdap tetanus vaccine and now booster is recommended for unimmunized. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms pertussis?

What are the symptoms pertussis?

Cough: It usually starts with a runny nose and congestion and then it's becomes a long, persistent, annoying cough for adults. In kids or infants it will often come with coughing fits that result in a whoop of inspiration after the coughing fit or sometimes after cough vomiting. Hence the name whooping cough. ...Read more

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Can I die from pertussis if I ignore it?

Can I die from pertussis if I ignore it?

Not likely: Pertussis can cause death in children, especially if the child is malnourished, has other respiratory illness or other intercurrent illness. An adult is not likely to die from it. ...Read more

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Any support groups for pertussis?

Any support groups for pertussis?

Why?: You don't usually need a support group for an acute infection that you recover from. Support groups are for people with chronic infections. And if everyone got vaccinated, there would be no pertussis. ...Read more

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How can I avoid pertussis in infant?

How can I avoid pertussis in infant?

Vaccinate: You vaccinate the mother during pregnancy or soon thereafter, as well as any adult in routine contact.You also vaccinate the kid as soon as they are old enough. ...Read more

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Do people with pertussis have a lot of pain?

Do people with pertussis have a lot of pain?

Can't say: Patients struggling with the worst cases of whooping cough are generally under a year of age and cough so hard they get strokes & brain damage. They are not conversational at that point but i'm sure it's not pleasent. Older kids or adults don't have it so bad, but the "100 days cough" surely wears them out. It is described as a moderate bronchitis in that group. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pertussis in a toddler?

What are the symptoms of pertussis in a toddler?

See below: Pertussis begins with mild respiratory symptoms similar to common cold (catarrhal stage), followed by paroxysmal stage characterized by paroxysmal cough and whoop often followed by vomiting. This stage often lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Severe cough spell and apnea (cessation of breathing) especially in young children can result in rectal prolapse, subconjunctival hemorrhage, and seizure. ...Read more