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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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Once a baby had whooping cough are they always contagious if not for how long?

Once a baby had whooping cough are they always contagious if not for how long?

No: Most individuals are no longer contagious after about 3 weeks of onset of symptoms or earlier if treated with appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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I'm 11 weeks pregnant and my 3 year old has whooping cough will this effect my unborn as I've been exposed to it during the contagious period?!

I'm 11 weeks pregnant and my 3 year old has whooping cough will this effect my unborn as I've been exposed to it during the contagious period?!

Not if UR vaccinated: If you received the tdap vaccine within the past few years you and your fetus should be protected. See a maternal-fetal medicine specialist for specific advice! ...Read more

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How long is whooping cough injections effective for? I had mine while pregnant about 1 year ago, am I still protected?

How long is whooping cough injections effective for? I had mine while pregnant about 1 year ago, am I still protected?

Yes but: Immunity seems to wane some say 2 some say 5y. As a precaution therefore we tend to now give pregnant women a booster shot between 28-38 weeks each pregnancy ...Read more

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How long does it take for a whooping cough to get over?

How long does it take for a whooping cough to get over?

UH BOY...: There is a reason why they used to call this disease the "100 day cough".
In my experience, it takes several weeks (2-4), sometimes longer. This is true despite all we do to try and make your infection go away. I've had patients who have fractured ribs from whooping cough... ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a whooping cough test to come back?

How long is it supposed to it take for a whooping cough test to come back?

Which test?: Nasal culture takes 10-14 days & most accurate if done before before 4th week illness. Picks up 30-50% cases pcr or polymerase chain reaction test fast (1 day) but can give false negative and false positive
direct fluorescent antibody (dfa) is also quick but even less accurate than pcr
nasal culture is “gold standard” but results up to 2 weeks! ...Read more

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How long should whooping cough symptoms last?

How long should whooping cough symptoms last?

100 days: Whooping cough is also known as the "100 day cough". The symptoms may not last that long and towards the end the frequency and severity of the cough should lesson. Once symptoms stop an routine viral illness may trigger a return of the cough but it is usually short lived and will return to normal within a week or two. ...Read more

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How long does the whooping cough usually last?

How long does the whooping cough usually last?

Weeks: Some cases can have a cough up to 6 to 8 weeks from the time of infection. ...Read more

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How long would whooping cough symptoms take to go?

A long time: This has been called the "100 day cough" I have enclosed a link to the cdc website for more information on this.

Good luck.

http://www. Cdc. Gov/pertussis/about/signs-symptoms. Html. ...Read more

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How long should you avoid someone with the whooping cough?

Either.....: Either 5 days of the appropriate antibiotic or after 3 weeks of symptoms seems to be past the contagious period. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get results from a whooping cough test?

How long does it take to get results from a whooping cough test?

Time varies: Several things enter in to the time it takes to get a result. There are rapid tests that you can get a result for in a few hours, but they are not the most reliable test. While a positive result is probably true, a negative may not be. The best test is a culture, and that can take a week to 10 days because you have to grow the culture and it needs to get sent to special labs to do this. ...Read more

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How long can whooping cough last and what are the long term symptoms.

How long can whooping cough last and what are the long term symptoms.

Pertussis: The whooping cough can last sometimes up to 3 months after treatment and symptoms gradually improve woth time after treatment. There are generally no consequences if treated early. ...Read more

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How long do you have to keep your distance from someone who had whooping cough exposure?

Infective period: During the infective period keep distance if tx. Has been started the infective period is shortened. ...Read more

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If I have whooping cough & my husband is therefor exposed how long from time he was first exposed till his symptoms start?

If I have whooping cough & my husband is therefor exposed how long from time he was first exposed till his symptoms start?

Whooping cough: I am not sure of the exact incubation period but I suspect it is in the two week or so timeframe. Either way an appropriate antibiotic will solve the issue if taken appropriately. A proper quarantine is necessary to reduce the exposure to other family members. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long after adult exposure to whooping cough does it usually take before symptoms show in exposed adult? (adult to adult)

How long after adult exposure to whooping cough does it usually take before symptoms show in exposed adult? (adult to adult)

Pertussis: Pertussis (whooping cough) causes serious illness in infants, children and adults. It often starts with cold-like symptoms and maybe a mild cough or fever. After 1 to 2 weeks, severe coughing can begin. Unlike the common cold, pertussis can become a series of coughing fits that continues for weeks. Get immunized. ...Read more

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My cousin took the whooping cough test through a nose swab, how long does it take to get results?

My cousin took the whooping cough test through a nose swab, how long does it take to get results?

Depends: There are different answers to this question based on how the test was done but, in general, it will take 7-14 days for the full results but you can get a 'preliminary' result in ~7-10. ...Read more

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I am 26 weeks pregnant, can I get the whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy or wait till my baby is born? How long does the vaccine protect you?

I am 26 weeks pregnant, can I get the whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy or wait till my baby is born? How long does the vaccine protect you?

Tdap - Pertussis: The tdap vaccine is recommended for all pregnant women at any gestational age. It is safe for pregnant women. It is preferably given from 27-36 weeks but anytime during pregnancy will confer adequate immunity. Immediate postpartum vaccination is recommended for women who miss the vaccine during pregnancy. This is a concerted effort to protect newborns from pertussis by "cocooning" the baby. ...Read more

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How does whooping cough spread?

How does whooping cough spread?

Contact with patient: When a patient with whooping cough coughs there are droplets dispersed which cause disease in contacts ...Read more

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Will clyndamdicyn work for whooping cough?

Will clyndamdicyn work for whooping cough?

Wrong antibiotic: The treatment for pertussis (whooping cough) is azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, or sometimes trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (bactrim), but not clindamycin. ...Read more

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What are some of the whooping cough symptoms?

What are some of the whooping cough symptoms?

Pertussis symptoms: Prolonged cough (sometimes resulting in vomiting), fast breathing, retractions, congestion, low grade fevers, and the breathing pattern for which it gets its name whooping cough -> the child caoughs so hard and so much, they are unable to get a breath and then inhale a loud "whoop" sounding breath. ...Read more

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What's the best thing to take for whooping cough?

What's the best thing to take for whooping cough?

Nothing: Unfortunately, the cough of whooping cough is very unresponsive to all forms of treatment. Cough suppressants, bronchodilators, codeine, steroids etc. Rarely help. I have found occasional patients who do respond to Azithromycin taken on a daily basis. It may help because of its anti-inflammatory effects as opposed to its being an antibiotic. ...Read more

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What happens if whooping cough is left untreated?

What happens if whooping cough is left untreated?

Depends: In infancy it can lead to a progressive cough that is so bad the infant strokes out and can die. It is most dangerous to infants in the first 6 months. In adults, it just produces a chronic "100 days "cough. Kids Kids in the middle have variable effect. Untreated disease also leads to significant transfer to those within the persons contacts. Susceptable persons will get and pass disease. ...Read more

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Need to know is whooping cough really that dangerous?

Need to know is whooping cough really that dangerous?

Define dangerous: If you believe that a disease is dangerous if it has killed more than 30 kids in the us this past year than that is true. The majority were under 6 months of age and not immunized. It is more of a nuisance to adults, causing a persistent cough known as the "hundred days cough". ...Read more

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How frequently to you need to get a whooping cough shot?

How frequently to you need to get a whooping cough shot?

Depends on age: Infants have immune factors from mom from pregnancy but it begins to wain after birth. The infant immune system must be pushed so pertussis vaccine (&others) are usually given @2/4/6mo but can be given as early as 6wks if the disease is in the area. Boosters are given at 12-15m, 4-6yr & again @11-18yr. Pertussis vaccine provides a good but time limited protection. Discuss specific needs with your dr. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the of the whooping cough symtopms?

Can you please discuss the of the whooping cough symtopms?

Pertussis symptoms: Whooping cough is caused by pertussis and symptoms follow 3 stages: catarrhal-runny nose, sneezing, low fever; paroxysmal-dry irritative hacking, eye-bulging, strangling, uninterupted "machine gun" cough every hour. Convalescent-symptoms diminish but can persist for 100 days. A "whoop" sound on breathing in can occur in children, but most teens and adults just cough without the whoop. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are my chances of having whooping cough?

Can you tell me what are my chances of having whooping cough?

Can't guess: How could we know that based on the information provided? ...Read more

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What are my chances of having whooping cough? How common is it?

What are my chances of having whooping cough? How common is it?

Not common: Generally whooping cough is not common because of vaccines. There has been an large increase in whooping cough in the last 10 years. If there is a local outbreak of whooping cough in your area then your chances of having it go up a lot. If you have a person in your house with whooping cough then you will very likely get it.
Adults can be given a booster shot to keep them from getting it ...Read more

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What are noticable differences between a cold and whooping cough?

What are noticable differences between a cold and whooping cough?

Severity of cough: The coughs that come with a cold and whooping cough (pertussis) are quite different and depend on the age of the person infected (younger - generally more severe). Whooping cough is a cough that comes in spasms (like 10 coughs in 20 seconds) followed by a "clear period" (2 - 5 minutes with no cough). A cold has coughs that are fewer and regular (with no "clear time"). Both can happen day or night. ...Read more

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Does Anise treat whooping cough?

Not at all: Whooping cough/pertussis is a very serious bacterial infection treated with specific antibiotics. ...Read more

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Why is whooping cough a bacterium?

Why is whooping cough a bacterium?

B. Pertussis: Bortadella pertussis causes whooping cough. Currently it is recommended to be immunized against pertussis in the pediatric population and once after age 19 (http://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule. Pdf) whooping cough is treated with antibiotics and measures to support breathing such as oxygen and breathing treatments. ...Read more

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What is the cure for whooping cough?

What is the cure for whooping cough?

Zithromax: First. See your primary care provider to be sure of the proper diagnosis. Then be sure to take prescription exactly as prescribed. ...Read more

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How do you breathe with whooping cough?

Normal unless coughi: With whooping cough, when the patient is not coughing the breathing is perfectly normal. The cough is spasmodic and continues until there is very little air left in the lungs and when the patient then breathes in the whooping noise is made. ...Read more

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Is whooping cough and the croup the same?

Is whooping cough and the croup the same?

No: Croup is triggered by a group of respiratory viruses and is usually benign. Whooping cough is triggered by a bacteria that infects the lungs and triggers a violent cough. Babies can cough hard enough to have a stroke and die. ...Read more

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Is whooping cough and croup the same thing?

No: They are two different infections that can affect the respiratory system. Croup is typically a viral infection in children under 6 yeas of age. Whooping cough also know as pertussis is caused by a bacteria. Early treatment with antibiotics can limit its effects. Vaccination of children and adults is the best protection for whooping cough. ...Read more

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Can the whooping cough be fatal to children?

Can the whooping cough be fatal to children?

Yes: If memory serves me well we lost about 40 in 2014 among the 30-40 thousand cases reported. Sad because we were down to no deaths in the 2500 or so cases in the 90's. It is most deadly under age 6m. Sad that so many people skipped vaccines and brought this back. ...Read more

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How do u start breathing with whooping cough?

How do u start breathing with whooping cough?

Breathing can get: Rough if you can't stop coughing. There's a reason they used to call it the 100 day cough! ...Read more

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Is "whooping" cough same thing as "the croup"?

Is "whooping" cough same thing as "the croup"?

No: Whooping cough is a specific infection with a bacterium. Croup is a symptom, usually in children, due to narrowing of airways with many different types of bronchitis. Whooping cough is one cause of croup. ...Read more

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When is whooping cough fatal for 12 year olds?

When is whooping cough fatal for 12 year olds?

Complications: The cdc www. Cdc. Gov as recommended to give booster vaccines for pertussis in young adolescents, again in adulthood, even after the recommended pediatric dosages. Bortadella pertussis bacteria causes whooping cough and is treatable with antibiotics but complications can with other pneumonia dehydration-good supportive care with hydration and breathing medication helpful. ...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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more