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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)

Croup is a description of variety on upper respiratory tract condition in children, including laryngitis, laryngotracheitis, laryngotracheobronchitis, bacterial tracheitis or spasmodic croup. Common symptoms are: cough, inspiratory stridor, hoarseness, barking cough, sore ...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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My son has "whooping" noise when coughing. Up to date on DTap. I feel sick too. I Had pertussis shot 4 years ago. Should I be concerned for me?

My son has "whooping" noise when coughing. Up to date on DTap. I feel sick too. I Had pertussis shot 4 years ago. Should I be concerned for me?

Coughs : Time to see your doctor!! Whooping cough is possible even with immunizations. Figuring out what the whoop is caused by will require some one to listen to the lungs. Whooping cough has the whoop during inspiration. Croup can also whoop on inspiration and also on expiration. The whoop suggests significant narrowing of the airway and needs to be evaluated soon and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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What would the pertussis symptoms be in a vaccinated 7 month old be? My son is teething and has a slight cold, no fever but had been exposed to famili

What would the pertussis symptoms be in a vaccinated 7 month old be? My son is teething and has a slight cold, no fever but had been exposed to famili

Cough: Pertussis is "whooping cough". A disease caused by infection w bordetella pertussis and the symptom that stands out is the intense paroxysm of cough followed by a inspiratory whoop. If your son was vaccinated he may have a milder case that will sound more like croup. It is probably a good idea to see ur peds doc. If your son is not vaccinated call your peds asap and get him examined + tested. ...Read more

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How does one get pertussis ?

How does one get pertussis ?

Pertussis: is transmitted person to person when the bacteria is spread by coughing or sneezing in close proximity to others. ...Read more

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Should i go to work when I have pertussis?

After....: Currently you may return if you have completed a course of the appropriate antibiotic, usually a macrolide. Some experts believe your are no longer contagious after 3 weeks of illness. But check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Was tested positive for pertussis. Is baby at risk?

Was tested positive for pertussis. Is baby at risk?

Depends: If you were found to have antibodies in your blood against pertussis, you have been immunized like most people or recovered from the disease. If your cough was found to be due to pertussis, then baby, if unimmunized, may be given antibiotics prophylactically. Congratulations on being a parent -- awsome joys and awesome responsibility. ...Read more

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Took care of my partner; with what we think had pertussis how can I be sure I didn't get it... We live in a small house and share a room?

See your doctor...: If you are having no symptoms, the most important thing you can do is get re-vaccinated, especially if there is a pertussis outbreak in your area. If you're having a frequent dry cough, lost of fatigue, especially if the cough is persistent and hacking, you may well have pertussis. There are tests that can be done for this, and antibiotics which can treat the infection if present. See your doc! ...Read more

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Pertussus (Definition)

Pertussus is also known as Whooping cough. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a contagious bacterial disease, and often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty ...Read more


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