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2 month old exposed to whopping cough?

2 month old exposed to whopping cough?

See your DR: If your 2 month old has been directly exposed to a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough, you need to see your doctor. At your baby's age, he has not yet completed his primary pertussis vaccination series, so he is susceptible to contracting this disease. Known contacts, including your baby, will need to be treated for exposure to the disease. ...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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Could my baby have whooping cough if he was exposed two weeks ago?

Could my baby have whooping cough if he was exposed two weeks ago?

Yes: Yes, symptoms of whooping cough develop after a typical incubation period of 7 to 10 days (range: 5 to 21 days). Initially symptoms are similar to a common cold, but then progress to significant paroxysms of cough which are notable for an inspiratory "whoop". Symptoms slowly resolve over weeks. The classic illness generally lasts 6-10 weeks. Routine childhood immunization is the best protection. ...Read more

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5 month old chest cough due to virus, took 3 days bretaped oral steroid friday. Still coughing temp 37.7. How long can cough last? Vaccines due... Ok?

5 month old chest cough due to virus, took 3 days bretaped oral steroid friday. Still coughing temp 37.7. How long can cough last? Vaccines due... Ok?

Vacicnes-no: Coughing can last 7-10 days from a virus. Steroids indicate there was probably wheezing as well. If the cough is the same as when steroids started then be seen again to be sure the wheezing is gone. I prefer not to vaccinate until the illness is resolved. I do not llke to overtax the immune system. ...Read more

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Age 23. Had bronchitis 2 weeks ago, but lingering mucus. Minimal sputum occurs when dehydrated. Recommendations?

Age 23. Had bronchitis 2 weeks ago, but lingering mucus. Minimal sputum occurs when dehydrated. Recommendations?

Stay hydrated: Acute bronchitis is almost entirely viral in origin. It takes time for full healing of the damaged cells in the lining of the bronchi and trachea to recover entirely. They produce secretions that are then brushed upwards by millions of tiny flagellae and coughed out. This needs fluid in the system for full recovery. You will get better. But if you are smoking - stop. ...Read more

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Should I worry if my baby was exposed to the whooping cough two weeks ago?

Whooping cough: There is little chance that your baby can develop whooping cough if your baby has received the 3 injections of the dtap vaccine by the time s/he is 6 months old. This will be a good time for all children and adults in the household to get their boosters. ...Read more

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Kid w/suspected strep thorat. Ped prescribed abx, in day 3 started coughing, but fever was over.Now, 2 weeks after, still dry cough, hives. Viral?

Kid w/suspected strep thorat. Ped prescribed abx, in day 3 started coughing, but fever was over.Now, 2 weeks after, still dry cough, hives. Viral?

Hives : Hives or urticaria have been described both in the context of viral infections and strep throat infections in kids. To determine the need for antibiotics, agree with rapid strep screen and culture. ...Read more

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I had risk for HIV 3 months ago. 2 months ago I started to cough. I've been diagnosed recently with Bronchitis. Can HIV cause Bronchitis?

I had risk for HIV 3 months ago. 2 months ago I started to cough. I've been diagnosed recently with Bronchitis. Can HIV cause Bronchitis?

Get tested: Symptoms of HIV infection are far too variable to be reliable. Get HIV nucleic acid test, if that is negative at three months after risk of exposure, you would be essentially free of HIV. ...Read more

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5yr old son 2 weeks ago had fever for 5 days with a cough. Cough never left, today developed fever again. Is this normal ?

5yr old son 2 weeks ago had fever for 5 days with a cough. Cough never left, today developed fever again. Is this normal ?

See pediatrician: It is not unusual for a cough to linger after a viral upper respiratory infection. But if the fever is back, it could be a new viral infection or it could be a bacterial infection on top of the previous illness. That's why it is best to call and check with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Allergies or HPV in throat? 24, HPV+, itchy throat for 2 weeks since temperatures outside rose. Diagnosed w/HPV 2 months ago.

Allergies or HPV in throat? 24, HPV+, itchy throat for 2 weeks since temperatures outside rose. Diagnosed w/HPV 2 months ago.

Impossible to say: If you have a specific concern, contact an ENT who can evaluate your nasal and oral cavity to see if HPV is an issue. The symptoms are too vague and may be produced by numerous issues. ...Read more

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Had bad cold virus 3 weeks ago. Cold gone , but can't get rid of nagging cough. Was productive, now dry. Been almost 3 weeks. No fever, Bronchitis?

Had bad cold virus 3 weeks ago. Cold gone , but can't get rid of nagging cough. Was productive, now dry. Been almost 3 weeks. No fever, Bronchitis?

Non-productive cough: This is a common presentation for asthma. You do not have have to have wheezing to make the diagnosis. Do you cough either while or after you have been running or exercising. If you have then you have "exercise-induced bronchospasm (asthma). ...Read more

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Can a toddler still get whooping cough if they've been immunized?

Can a toddler still get whooping cough if they've been immunized?

Unlikely but possibl: There is no vaccine that is 100% guarantee you will never get the disease effective. Also, if your body has certain types of immune deficiencies, some vaccines might "not take" for you and you won't build up an immunity for that disease. So while the technical answer to your question is yes, it is very rare to get disease after immunization. However, protection may wear off and you need boosters! ...Read more

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I have had a fleming cough for 2 months now..I have taken 2 kinds of cough syrups 2 different anitbioics?

I have had a fleming cough for 2 months now..I have taken 2 kinds of cough syrups 2 different anitbioics?

See your doctor...: Or consider a specialist (allergist/ent). If you are otherwise well and the phlegm is more annoying than stopping you in your activities of daily living-it could be nasal allergies. Your history of symptoms is important in diagnosing allergic rhinitis. Do your symptoms vary by time of day or season, & exposure to pets or other allergens? Doubt chronic sinus infection w/2 courses of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Had virus 3 week ago. Got better but maintained very deep chesty cough. Cough till I'm sick. Clear mucus. On allergy meds for hayfever? What's wrong?

Had virus 3 week ago. Got better but maintained very deep chesty cough. Cough till I'm sick. Clear mucus. On allergy meds for hayfever? What's wrong?

Cough: Still with infection, may have changed from viral to bacterial. See your doctor for evaluation and possibly antibiotics. Meanwhile inquire about SSKI drops, ---five drops in juice four times per day for 3 weeks to thin mucous. ...Read more

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Laryngitis 3wks ago,Flu 2 wks ago.Lotsa phlegm stuck in throat since 3wks ago.Hospital-on nebuliser,xray shows lungs expand 2 much,pulmonologist help?

Laryngitis 3wks ago,Flu 2 wks ago.Lotsa phlegm stuck in throat since 3wks ago.Hospital-on nebuliser,xray shows lungs expand 2 much,pulmonologist help?

Emphysema?: The fact that your lungs expand too much would suggest an obstructive lung disease, like emphysema and COPD. Do you smoke cigarettes? This would explain the phlegm production and the refractory nature of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Got sick 2 weeks ago, upper rec infec and ear . Still coughing , smoker . Is this from smoking or lingering illness ??

Got sick 2 weeks ago, upper rec infec and ear . Still coughing , smoker . Is this from smoking or lingering illness ??

Get checked.: Smokers are more prone to developing bacterial infections after having a common cold. Get seen, you may need antibiotics. If you don't want this to happen more and more as time goes on, you know what to do! (Quit smoking!) ...Read more

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28 yo. 24 wk pregnant. Nonsmoker but exposed to 2nd hand smoke as child. Got cold and have been coughing mucus for 9 weeks. Chronic bronchitis?

28 yo. 24 wk pregnant. Nonsmoker but exposed to 2nd hand smoke as child. Got cold and have been coughing mucus for 9 weeks. Chronic bronchitis?

Cough: Chronic bronchitis is actually defined as 3 months of cough in 2 years where other causes have been excluded. The second hand smoke you were exposed to as a child would probably be not affecting you at such as young age but it also depends on how much you encountered. Regardless, you cough should be evaluated in person, 9 weeks is an abnormal length of time to have cough. ...Read more

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After 2 weeks still hacking cough. Could it be because of my 12hr Asian flight?

You need to see MD: Coughing a lot for two weeks and after travelling for 12 hours, can be serious. You need to see a doctor.Get examied and if indicated a chest xray and/or blodd test to find out the cause and treat properly.You may have caught some thing during your flight which is not uncommon. ...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