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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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Whooping Cough: The medical term for whooping cough. An infection that is defined by a unique cough that may sound like a "whoop". It starts as a simple cold like illness progressing over 2-3 weeks to a serious painful cough, with emesis and trouble catching breath.Lasts 100days or so despite any therapy.Can be deadly in infants and toddlers.Preventable by immunizations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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