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I have a dry hacking cough with pain between my shoulder blades for a week. Could it be whooping cough?

I have a dry hacking cough with pain between my shoulder blades for a week. Could it be whooping cough?

Dry cough: Whooping cough gives a cough that makes the pt vomit (emesis) and makes him turning blue (cyanosis) from the cough in spasms. Dry cough alone could be anything even atypical pneumonia (caused by mycoplasma o legionella species). ...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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Is it possible to get whooping cough as an adult if you had an immunization as a child dry cough, lungs hurt, slight fever

Is it possible to get whooping cough as an adult if you had an immunization as a child dry cough, lungs hurt, slight fever

Yes.: Yes. Immunity wanes after a few years so you need a booster every 8-10 years.
You may just have a viral bronchitis but if cough persists you should see your doctor for an evaluation. You should also get a pertussis booster (tdap). ...Read more

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My 7 year old son has had a chronic dry cough for about 2 1/2 months. I gave him singular did not work, he had chest xrays all good, lungs sound great, they did a "whooping cough test" negative. Cough meds do not work. No fever, acts like a healthy 7 year

My 7 year old son has had a chronic dry cough for about 2 1/2 months. I gave him singular did not work, he had chest xrays all good, lungs sound great, they did a "whooping cough test" negative. Cough meds do not work. No fever, acts like a healthy 7 year

The: The cause of a chronic cough can be a very tricky problem to figure out in kids or adults. Common causes include:

-asthma
-gastro-esophageal reflux
-allergies
-chronic sinusitis
-pertussis (whooping cough)
-habit cough
-pneumonia or other infectious cause such as tuberculosis

it looks like your son's doctor has been doing a good job thinking of these problems and trying to rule out each one with the tests and medication trials they have been suggesting. Most of these problems will cause coughing all night as well as during the day except for habit cough. I've attached a website with some information on habit cough which is very common in kids. I hope this helps. ...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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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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I have had whooping cough for 6 weeks - have had antibiotics for a couple of weeks but still feel horrible and extemely tired. Should I go back to dr?

If you wish: The whooping cough has the nickname "100 days cough" in adults and deserves it. The later treatment is initiated the more likely it is to linger, and it does so long after antibiotics have killed off the germ.Chronic cough can be quite disabling. ...Read more

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My one week old daughter just coughed should I be concerned? It didn't have a whooping sound nor did it sound like a smokers cough. No high temperature

Babies cough: And sneeze, and make all kinds of noises. I understand, especially with new parents, that anything out of the ordinary can be scary, but a cough can occur with a temporary aspiration of saliva. If it is persistent, if the baby has a temperature, if there are breathing problems, then see your pediatrician. If not, enjoy your baby more and worry less! ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a whooping cough vaccine while pregnant? I am 32 weeks pregnant.

Is it safe to get a whooping cough vaccine while pregnant? I am 32 weeks pregnant.

Yes: Tdap vaccination (includes acellular pertussis vaccine) is highly recommended for pregnant women who have not had it. Best administered after 20 weeks' gestation to optimize antibody transfer to fetus & protection after birth. ...Read more

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For about 2 weeks I have hada "choking cough" where I can't breath AT ALL. Sometimes productive with clear thick sputum. Could this be whooping cough?

For about 2 weeks I have hada "choking cough" where I can't breath AT ALL. Sometimes productive with clear thick sputum. Could this be whooping cough?

Needs checking: Whooping cough can be contracted by young adults like your age due to waning immunity by this time from primary immunization many years ago. Signs of whooping cough are similar and due to its contagious nature, especially to vulnerable populations of the young and the elderly, you should see your doctor sooner to get it checked and be treated. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, whooping sound when breathing and very sore throats and I have had it for 3 weeks?

I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, whooping sound when breathing and very sore throats and I have had it for 3 weeks?

Cough: Cough which is lasting for 3 weeks needs to be looked at. Whooping sound raises possibility of pertusis. Please see your doctor. ...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

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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I had a tetanus shot almost four weeks ago. It had the whooping cough booster I still have arm pain intense it I lay on it?

I had a tetanus shot almost four weeks ago. It had the whooping cough booster I still have arm pain intense it I lay on it?

Tetanus shot: Although the tetanus vaccine does cause more muscle irritation and discomfort than other vaccines, it is unusual for you you to still have pain in your arm. In most cases, the soreness resolves in 5-7 days at the latest. You definitely should see your doctor about your symptoms. ...Read more

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My one month old baby has a whooping sound without cough for 2 weeks duration, I notice that after this sound as if something irritating her throat.?

My one month old baby has a whooping sound without cough for 2 weeks duration, I notice that after this sound as if something irritating her throat.?

Likely a weak airway: Some infants can develop a rather worrisome breathing pattern that make a lot of noise from their rubbery airways. Some have an airway that is more rubbery than normal & make a crowing sound as they inhale & or exhale. I would have this checked out by your doc early next week. ...Read more

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My daughter is 3months but 6 weeks pre term and she has whooping cough she was put on antibiotics for two weeks now she id burping and it stinks of ro?

My daughter is 3months but 6 weeks pre term and she has whooping cough she was put on antibiotics for two weeks now she id burping and it stinks of ro?

Antibiotics: May have changed the normal bacteria in her bowel. As long as she otherwise we'll try a course of probiotics to see it this helps. She also may be experiencing some reflux which resolves as she becomes more upright. All the best. ...Read more

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How to treat whooping cough. Already had a round of steroids with no change. No fever or cold symptoms just the cough for about 2 weeks now.

How to treat whooping cough. Already had a round of steroids with no change. No fever or cold symptoms just the cough for about 2 weeks now.

Pertussis: If you are truly infected with bordetella pertussis and have "whooping cough" then therapy at this stage of the illness will have absolutely no effect on duration of coughing, although may make it less likely for you to transmit the illness to others. Get some otc cough medicine containing dextromethorphan and hope that it does not last too long. ...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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I am getting over having whooping cough. For the past week cough up phlegm with traces of blood. And also my nose is running with mucus and blood?

I am getting over having whooping cough. For the past week cough up phlegm with traces of blood. And also my nose is running with mucus and blood?

Treated?: Were you diagnosed with it and treated appropriately? If so, the cough can linger for a few weeks, some months after the infection is treated. If you did not get it treated, go now, this is very contageous. ...Read more

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I am 26 weeks pregnant, I got the whooping cough vaccine 2 years ago, am I still protected or should I get another one when my baby is born? When should my husband get one?

I am 26 weeks pregnant, I got the whooping cough vaccine 2 years ago, am I still protected or should I get another one when my baby is born? When should my husband get one?

See below: Your immunity from the vaccine 2 years ago should still be strong. Since your husband probably has not had whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine since childhood, he can get a tdap at any time since no live virus is involved. Tdap boosters are recommended every 10 years. [see following site: http://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read. Pdf. ...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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On Friday I was informed that a girl in my class has whooping cough. I have had a lot of contact with her over the past 2weeks while she has been sick. I went and had the vaccination that afternoon. What are the risks to my baby? I'm 30 weeks pregnant.

On Friday I was informed that a girl in my class has whooping cough. I have had a lot of contact with her over the past 2weeks while she has been sick. I went and had the vaccination that afternoon. What are the risks to my baby? I'm 30 weeks pregnant.

Nothing direct: In some cases we treat close contacts before they test positive to stop further transmission of the disease. If you do get it, it would have no direct effect on the fetus. It is a localized infection in the lung tissue & does not spread in the blood, which is the only way it could bother baby. If it is going around after baby is born the shot you received should provide some protection for baby ...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