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Does Pertussis Cause Dehydration
Depends on variables: Pertussis is most deadly to infants under 4 months of age and less so to older kids. In adolescents or adults it produces the "100 days cough" or a seemingly endless bronchitis. Untreated it may self heal while you contaminate the environment & spread it directly or indirectly to more vulnerable patients. If you have emphysema or other lung issues it can aggravate the disability involved. ...Read more
Whooping cough: Whooping cough, formally called pertussis, is a respiratory disease that in its classic form in small children can produce paroxysms of cough strong enough to fracture a rib and long enough to cause lack of oxygen in the body. It is especially harmful in infants less than 12 months old who are not yet immunized. Because of waning immunity from vaccine, boosters are now recommended in adults. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Waning immunity: Pertussis & most other bacterial vaccines (meningitis, diptheria, tetanus, etc.) give the body a time limited period of benefit. By 6-10 years after the last vaccine, the decrease allows people to develop symptomatic disease & or pass it to others. Since pertussis is more a chronic cough with teens & adults, some may never know they have it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Short of breath upon any exercise (not strenuous) in 26yo f? Many bouts of pertussis and bronchitis as child, 11 years since last. Non smoker. Causes?
It can cause pain: Injections can cause local hematomas, or "bruises" to the muscle. This happens especially if a person or child tenses the muscle during an injection. After an injection, it is best to use cool compresses to the area for the first 24 hours - then change to warm compresses (not too hot!). Also, gentle massage to the area helps resolve the swelling. ...Read more
I was given a pertussis vaccine in 1996 as a child and had severe psychiatric side effects. What common psychiatric side effects do these shots cause?
Not common: Fortunately, psychiatric side effects from vaccines is rare! ...Read more
Can a tetanus/pertussis shot cause pain in arm and almost a over all sick feeling? Headache,muscle hurt, lack of appetite, tired?
Yes: It can cause symptoms like that especially since most adults have just started getting the booster of inactivated pertussis. This should only last 48 after injection, if it persists longer than that, consider seeing your PCP! Feel Better. ...Read more
Suspicion/duration: Since most adults have not bothered to get a pertussis booster, they represent a target of opportunity.Pertussis germs can ride into town in an international traveler or someone from the west coast & spread it to you (or your susceptible kids).In adults, it often seems to be a mild cold until you get past the initial phase, then the persistent "hundred days cough" sets in. Dx from test is possible. ...Read more
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