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What can be done about a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

Depends on type

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The answer to this question truly depends on what type of rash you have and where it is located. If you have had an urticarial (hive-like) reaction to the vaccine, benadryl would be helpful to clear the rash. If it is contact type of rash located close to the injection site, benadryl may also be helpful, as well as cool compresses and a topical hydrocortisone.
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Dr. Mark Diamond answered:

A dpt shot about 9 years ago. if there is an epidemic of pertussis, am I still covered or should I seek another one?

Not Clear

Pertussis
There is not clear evidence for your age,but current recommendation is that you should have received at least 1 pertussis booster in your teen years or later.I believe that a booster would not hurt
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I received a dpt shot about 9 years ago. With the current epidemic of pertussis in ca, willl I be covered or should I seek another one?

Relative need

Pertussus
As an adult your risks with pertussis are minimal except that the infection can produce a nasty bronchitis & chronic cough for 3+ months & you could pass it on to a small infant. Use of the Tdap every 10 years is considered enough for prevention.
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my son was diagnosed with pertussis about 3 weeks ago he is 9 weeks old. He took antibiotics. He wasnt coughing and now he started coughing again.?

Common

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Pertussis produces some long term issues with cough & if you are lucky it is picked up early. However, one old name for the disease is "the 100 days cough" and it can linger or occur long after the germ is gone. Antibiotics seldom change the progression of the cough but can eliminate the germs transfer to others.Consult with your PCP to see if they feel baby needs a re-check.
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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.
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Dr. Todd Chambers answered:

I'm about to give birth in the next few weeks. I have heard alot about pertussis risks & cases that are close to our home town. My family is vaccinated, but what other precautions should I take to protect our new baby?

Breastfeeding

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Congratulations! I usually recommend breastfeeding, no smoking, wash hands frequently, tdap vaccination for those around the baby (including grandparents), and asking those that are sick not to come visit or hold the baby.
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Dr. Mark Diamond answered:

What is pertussis?

Whooping Cough

The medical term for whooping cough. An infection that is defined by a unique cough that may sound like a "whoop". It starts as a simple cold like illness progressing over 2-3 weeks to a serious painful cough,with emesis and trouble catching breath.lasts 100days or so despite any therapy.Can be deadly in infants and toddlers.Preventable by immunizations
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Dr. Joel Gallant answered:

what is pertussis ?

Whooping cough

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It's another name for whooping cough, a serious bacterial infection of the respiratory tract caused by Bordatella pertussis. I'm afraid it's making a comeback because of misguided parents who don't vaccinate their children.
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Dr. Todd Chambers answered:

What are the symptoms pertussis?

Cough

It usually starts with a runny nose and congestion and then it's becomes a long, persistent, annoying cough for adults. In kids or infants it will often come with coughing fits that result in a whoop of inspiration after the coughing fit or sometimes after cough vomiting. Hence the name whooping cough.
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