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How Does Bordetella Pertussis Attack And Spread
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 more
Enhance production: By affecting some inhibitory pathways, pertussis toxins can increase the production of parathyroid hormone from PTH and other hormones from fsh. ...Read more
Not sure that is tru: The current vaccine (acellular) is produced by purifying a number of toxins from b. Pertussis and detoxifying them. ...Read more
TDAP: Adults have been given an additional component to the original tetanus vaccine for many years now. So it now includes tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis components in the vaccine. It is given as a one time booster vaccine when you are due for a tetanus vaccine, but also given after pregnancy or when you are caring for a newborn to protect them from pertussis. ...Read more
Would need to test: Vaccination for pertussis is included in the immunizations given at 2, 4, 6, and 15 months, with a booster at 4-6 years. How old is your son and is he up to date on his immunizations? Pertussis can be a very serious infection and outbreaks occur due to under-immunization. If his cough sounds bad or he is acting ill, take him to his doctor and mention your concerns. ...Read more
Respiratory tract: The germ targets the upper and lower respiratory tract. Early on there is just a runny nose and congestion, Over time it worsens, producing an outpouring of thick mucous that leads to the chronic cough.Affected infants can cough so hard they develop brain injury and or die during the process. Adults often have an intractable cough lasting 3 months or more. ...Read more
Pertussis: Pertussis is extremely contagious and when a person inhales aerosol droplets in the air from a cough/sneeze at close range from an infected person, the chance of infection is high. This bacteria colonize the cells lining the airways and attaches to the cilia (small projections) and there is release of pertussis toxin and tracheal toxin damaging the airway leading to most of the symptoms. ...Read more
Deadly choice: Cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have increased in the us from ~2500 in the mid 90s to over 15000 per year due to increases in unvaccinated infants and children.This is primarily due to the public's mistrust of vaccines after some fraudulent research suggesting linkage to autism. Various celebrities have promoted this fiction. As a result more than 30 babies die/yr from whooping cough. ...Read more
I just found out I have whooping cough "pertussis" how did I get this and how can I ease the coughing?
TREAT PERTUSSIS: You probably contracted it from an adult coughing in public. 'whooping cough" is an infection caused by the bacteria, bordetella pertussis. We have had several epidemics in idaho and the west coast lately. Thought of as a childhood illness it has 'made a come back' and now infects adults. The treatment is antibiotics. Prevention is the key: everyone over 19 should get a dtap shot! Cough meds help. ...Read more
Someone at my work has whooping cough (pertussis). What can I do to protect myself from contracting pertussis?
Doctor can evaluate: The booster shot (tdap) is recommended for all adults, of all ages, to protect against pertussis. Depending on the individual situation, one's primary care doctor can advise on whether or not antibiotics are needed. ...Read more
How do I take care of someone with pertussis? What's the best way to take care of and attenuate the symptoms of someone who has whooping cough?
Patient care: Make sure you have had immunization against whooping cough. Wear a mask when working with the patient. Offer symptomatic care in the form of fluids. Make sure the patient is gettin plenty of steam inhalation and is properly hydrated. Wash hands with soap and water after contact with patient. ...Read more
Treated or not?: If pertussis is treated and you have started antibiotics you are contagious for about 5 to 7 days. If you are not treated the period extends from 3 to 6 weeks. ...Read more
You get tested: Unfortunately, the vaccine avoiders have increased the frequency of pertussis in the us to dangerous levels. With wide vaccine use, this disease affected as few as 2500 nationwide with rare deaths in the early 90's but is now up to 30, 000 nationwide, with more than 30 deaths/yr, most in infants. A test of the secretions in your kids nose can be assessed for evidence of the pertussis. ...Read more
I was fully vaccinated against whooping cough yet got it when I was 8. It wasn't as severe but it was positive for pertussis. Cause?
Immunity wanes: Pertussis immunity wanes-decreases- even when fully vaccinated. Protection against pertussis in childhood is highest in the first year after 5th vaccine. Although immunity may wane, those who contract pertussis will have less severe disease. As an adult one needs at least one Dtap booster. Women need a Dtap booster with each pregnancy to protect their infants. ...Read more
Unlikely: The adult tdap or used as a pertussis booster is one a vaccine with one of the lowest incidence of reactions. Most have pain at the injection site and muscle soreness lasting a few days. However, anyone can develop a personal allergic reaction to some component of any vaccine. Discuss this with your pcp. Some folks can't handle the tetanus toxoid that is part of the vaccine. ...Read more
Could the tetanus - pertussis shot I got about 4 weeks ago have given me a light case of whooping cough? I have had a horrible cough for about 5 days
No: The vaccine only contains inactivated toxins.Get a more detailed answer ›
What are the symptoms of whooping cough (pertussis)? The symptoms of whopping cough are very similar to a flu, what are the main distinctions?
Actually, the whooping cough (pertussis) resembles a cold more than the flu. The main symptoms are usually nasal congestion, sore throat and cough. Pertussis is usually indistinguishable from a cold until the 2nd or 3rd week of infection, when severe attacks of cough occur, which may trigger vomiting. This cough may last up to six to eight weeks.
It is almost impossible to distinguish pertussis from a cold during the first week of symptoms, and requires lab tests. Severe coughs developing two weeks apart in several family members may be a clue.
Unfortunately, antibiotics do not help unless started within the first (possibly 2nd) week of pertussis infection. When they are prescribed, it is usually to prevent spread for others. ...Read more
I have pertussis (whooping cough) and after I eat, I start coughing which makes me want to vomit. Should i?
Yes: One of the key symptoms of pertussis is episodes of coughing followed by nausea like symptoms and or vomiting. As pertussis is severe infection with lot of mucus body tries to eliminate the mucus by vomiting and if you feels then should vomit. Take adequate rx for pertussis. It may take weeks for symptoms to improve sometimes if infection is severe. F/u with md. Best wishes. ...Read more
Culture/PCR: Gold standard for testing of b. Pertussis is culture-100% specific with no false postives. The organism is hard to isolate and positive results are usually not seen until 3-4 days after the culture is taken. Pcr (polymerase chain reaction) provides rapid results. It is a "sensitive" test (less likely to be falsely negative). Serologic tests (elisa) for igg and IgA antibodies are not recommended. ...Read more
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