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How can I get rid of the whooping cough?

How can I get rid of the whooping cough?

Whooping cough: If you're actively infected, see your fp for antibiotic treatment. It is now recommended that adults get a pertussis (whooping cough) booster to prevent spreading the disease to children who may not yet be immunized or haven't completed their series of immunizations for this disease. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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What are effective home remedies to get rid of whooping cough?

What are effective home remedies to get rid of whooping cough?

None: Whooping cough will run it's course.Saline nose drops, humidification may help. Honey if over 1 year of age, but no proven cure exists as a home remedy. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for whooping cough?

What's the treatment for whooping cough?

Treatment...: Whooping cough, or pertussis, is caused by a bacteria so treatment is with an antibiotic prescribed by your doctor. There is a vaccine that largely prevents this disease so see your doctor for vaccination as well as diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for whooping cough in general?

What is the treatment for whooping cough in general?

Treatment...: Whooping cough, or pertussis, is caused by a bacteria so treatment is with an antibiotic prescribed by your doctor. There is a vaccine that largely prevents this disease so see your doctor for vaccination as well as diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Best way to rid of a chronic "viral" cough that has lasted for 9 weeks? I have been to two doctors who cleared me for whooping cough and any infection

Best way to rid of a chronic "viral" cough that has lasted for 9 weeks? I have been to two doctors who cleared me for whooping cough and any infection

Allergies: This is not likely viral but is very likely allergic. You could start with an over-the-counter allergy medication like Allegra or zyrtec. Use a neti-pot to clean your nose. Drink lots of water. You may need a nasal steroid but you will need to a doctor for that. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is whooping cough contagious after treatment with antibiotics?

Is whooping cough contagious after treatment with antibiotics?

Depends: Most data cites that completion of 5 days of treatment with an appropriate medication will eliminate later spread of this germ. ...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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How might you get whooping cough if you were immunized?

How might you get whooping cough if you were immunized?

Waining immunity: Bacteria related vaccines like pertussis (whooping cough)& tetanus will generate immunity that is shorter in duration than some of the viral vaccines like measles.Before ~1992 we rarely gave the pertussis vaccine to anyone over 6 due shot reactions & side effects. Teens & adults were occasionally infected.Today the newer vaccine has less side effects &it is recommended for teens & adults. ...Read more

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

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

Pertussis vaccine.: Although the likelihood of contracting whooping cough in someone who has been vaccinated is not very likely no vaccine is 100% effective. If you think your child may have whooping cough then see a Dr. right away. ...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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Is it possible for a toddler to get whooping cough if he's been immunized?

Is it possible for a toddler to get whooping cough if he's been immunized?

It's rare-: But not impossible. The vaccine is 96-99 % effective, but that still means 1 or 2 in 100 may not build up good antibody levels. If there is concern he has pertussis, cultures can be done. If the concern is did he build up immunity, then a blood test can be done to see if he is indeed immune. That test is not cheap, but if significant concern, then is warranted. ...Read more

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How likely is it for a vaccinated with a booster shot adult to get whooping cough?

How likely is it for a vaccinated with a booster shot adult to get whooping cough?

Odd wording: The material in the TdaP is not alive and cannot give anybody whooping cough. An adult who has not received a whooping cough booster within the past 10 years has the potential to get it if exposed (immunity has weakened).Adults can get a terrible chronic cough (3+months) but are not terribly sick from it. The main worry comes if they pass it to a small infant who can die from it. ...Read more

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Can an adult who has had all their vaccinations still get whooping cough? Is this possible, not possible or highly unlikely?

Can an adult who has had all their vaccinations still get whooping cough? Is this possible, not possible or highly unlikely?

Depends on variables: Today's adults who had their shots as kids are rarely protected against whooping cough. This protection weakens in time & allows adults to get the disease and pass it to younger vulnerable infants.Before ~ 1994 whooping cough shots weren't given > age 6 due to major side effects, today we give tdap, a new vacccine with minimal side effects to adults to protect both them and the kids they visit. ...Read more

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Do I need to get vaccinated against whooping cough?

Do I need to get vaccinated against whooping cough?

Yes!: Especially if you're around young children. If you're a healthy middle aged adult with pertussis (whooping cough) you might have a cough for a few weeks, but you'll live. If you pass whooping cough to a newborn.. They can die. Do a google search for "baby with pertussis" and watch some videos. It's scary and sad. Get your tdap (tetanus and pertussis) booster today! ...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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Is it still possible to get whooping cough if you were immunized?

Is it still possible to get whooping cough if you were immunized?

Yes: The vaccine strongly reduces your risk, but vaccines are rarely 100% effective, so they can fail. ...Read more

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Why do people still get whooping cough even though they were immunized?

Why do people still get whooping cough even though they were immunized?

Waning immunity: Those vaccinated as kids before the early 90's received the whole cell vaccine that was never given after 5 and many began to lose immunity by their teens. After the mid 90's we began using the synthetic vaccine with less side effects & we were able to give it to pre-teens.However, any vaccinated older adult is likely vulnerable due to waning immunity. ...Read more

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Can a child under 5 years get the whooping cough even though he received his shots as scheduled?

Can a child under 5 years get the whooping cough even though he received his shots as scheduled?

Whooping cough: The pertussis vaccine is only ~ 80-85% effective. That is why it is so important that all children be completely immunized. The greater the # of immunized children around each individual greatly decreases the chance of an exposure of an immunized child and hence illness in that child. This is called "herd immunity"., . ...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