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Hoarse Voice (Definition)

Hoarseness is having difficulty producing sound when trying to speak, or a change in the pitch or quality of the voice. The voice may sound weak, very breathy, scratchy, or husky. Hoarseness is usually caused by a problem in the vocal cords. Most cases of hoarseness occur with swelling (inflammation) ...Read more


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How long does the diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine last?

How long does the diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine last?

5-10 years: You recieve doses of dtap at 2mo, 4mo, 6mo and then 15mo. Then a booster again at 4 years of age. Then another at age 11. And then every 5-10 years (according to some experts). If fully immunized. ...Read more

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My baby has been diagnosed with pertussis. How long should I keep him home from daycare?

My baby has been diagnosed with pertussis. How long should I keep him home from daycare?

5 days: Once a baby has been diagnosed with pertussis, the normal treatment is Azithromycin (zithromax). One is considered contagious until one completes the 5-day course. After that your baby will not be contagious, even if he/she is still coughing. The cough can go on for awhile. Hopefully this was not because of missing vaccinations, which are quite effective at preventing pertussis in children. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pertussis to go away after treatment?

How long does it take for pertussis to go away after treatment?

Pertussis: Pertussis or whooping cough has a predetermined course. Antibiotics kill the bacteria but the symptoms can persist for months. The usual presentation is runny nose for about 2 weeks, followed by the characteristic cough with an end whoop for many weeks/months. The recovery period takes another 1 - 2 months. ...Read more

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My 36 year old daughter is diagnosed with pertussis pneumonia after receiving dot booster three years ago. What are the long term implications, follow?

My 36 year old daughter is diagnosed with pertussis pneumonia after receiving dot booster three years ago. What are the long term implications, follow?

It happens: As a bacterial disease, pertussis acquisition depends on level of exposure and level of resistance.The vaccine, though helpful, will not prevent the illness but has been shown to reduce intensity for the individual & epidemics in the community.Pertussis is most deadly among those under a year old, but does trigger the "100 days " cough in adults. Even full disease does not confer total immunity. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for pertussis to go away?

How long is it supposed to it take for pertussis to go away?

Pertussis: The old name for pertussis is the "100 day cough" - you should be evaluated as it can be very dangerous and only treatment is antibiotics (azithromycin) please see your doctor. ...Read more

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How long is pertussis (whooping cough) considered contagious after symptoms begin?

How long is pertussis (whooping cough) considered contagious after symptoms begin?

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

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My ob said today I should not let any adult around my newborn who did not have pertussis vaccine. Agree? How long before baby protected? 2mos? 4?

My ob said today I should not let any adult around my newborn who did not have pertussis vaccine.  Agree?  How long before baby protected? 2mos? 4?

Clarification: Centers for disease control recommends that mothers recieve tdap between 26-37 weeks pregnancy and that all household contacts- parents, siblings, grandparents and babysitters are immunized. Your infant has maximum protection after their booster shot (4th shot in series). It is estimated that household members account for 80% of infant pertussis infections. Flu shots for family members also wise. ...Read more

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2w w/cold symptoms but cough has lingered & my ribs hurt. Tingly sensation on chest. Scared of pertussis vaccinated last year & mom to 6mo vacc baby.

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2w w/cold symptoms but cough has lingered & my ribs hurt. Tingly sensation on chest. Scared of pertussis vaccinated last year & mom to 6mo vacc baby.

Prob not pertussis: both of u being vaccinated recently make pertussis less likely. Good idea 2 b careful of any illnesses around ur baby though. all family members should b vaccinated against flu and pertussis. With ur symptoms, I would see a doctor to see if u have pneumonia, bronchitis, etc. ...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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Do people with pertussis have a lot of pain?

Do people with pertussis have a lot of pain?

Can't say: Patients struggling with the worst cases of whooping cough are generally under a year of age and cough so hard they get strokes & brain damage. They are not conversational at that point but i'm sure it's not pleasent. Older kids or adults don't have it so bad, but the "100 days cough" surely wears them out. It is described as a moderate bronchitis in that group. ...Read more

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How often can I need a DPT shot to remain immune to pertussis?

Tdap at11yrsThen10yr: These days all children who have had 5 doses of DPT Vaccine up to the age4to6.Are advised to get a Tdap Adult vaccine at age 11 and a booster after 10 years,So far only one booster of Tdap is recommended and then DT every 10 years to protect against Diptheria and Teatanus So if you have not had Tdap booster.You should get it as immunity to Pertussis goes down and you are at risk of getting Pertuss ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for pertussis?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for pertussis?

Whooping cough: Caused by the bacteria bordetella pertussis. There are antibiotics that can hasten the resolution, but the best strategy is prevention by getting your pertussis vaccination (usually in the form of dtap for kids, or tap for adults). Pertussis is making a comeback, thanks to those who say vaccines are an unnecessary conspiracy. Babies have died in outbreaks. http://www.cdph.ca.gov/pages/nr. ...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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How does bordetella pertussis infect and attack cells?

How does bordetella pertussis infect and attack cells?

Whooping cough: This bacteria causes whooping cough and it is very contagious. It is easy to contract from a person who is infected and is coughing and sneezing. ...Read more

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What causes pertussis infections if people are already vaccinated?

What causes pertussis infections if people are already vaccinated?

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 more

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Is it possible to contract pertussis even after having vaccination?

Yes: Up until the present pertussis vaccine was released, it was not given after the age of 6 due to the many side effects of the whole cell vaccine.Teens and adults with waining immunity often developed the "100 days cough" as the pertussis is often called.Today the acellular pertussis can be given to teens and adults and cut their risk and prevent the spread in the community. ...Read more

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