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Pertussis And Whooping Cough
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
100 Day Cough: Whooping cough is an infection caused by the b. Pertussis bacteria. It may cause a severe cough characterized by a loud "whooping" sound, although not always.In infants severe respiratory problems may lead to death. When treated with antibiotics, the cough still lasts about 100 days.Most cases are preventable by immunizing.So the vaccine is best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Included: In the us there is no individual pertussis vaccine. It is given as part of the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis booster or "tdap" (the 'a' in there stands for 'acellular) sometimes it is confusingly shortened to tetanus booster or pertussis booster but neither nickname is accurate. If you had a tdap you received a booster for all 3 diseases listed above which is very wise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: Two simple tests, the direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) test on the nasal secretions, and CBC with differential, as well as the 3 classic symptoms - 1) 'whoop' noise with inspiration after cough, 2) paroxysms of coughing, or many back to back cough episodes without a break, and post-coughing vomiting, all help to make the diagnosis ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If used: The peak of effectiveness was evident in the early to mid 90's when the annual infection rate dropped to about 2500 cases and no deaths/yr in the US. After the wave of anti-vaccine sentiment took hold, cases have increased dramatically,particularly on the west coast.In 2014 there were 40,000 with at least 40 deaths.Most were un- immunized or partially immunized. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: The adult tdap or used as a pertussis booster is one a vaccine with one of the lowest incidence of reactions.Most have pain at the injection site and muscle soreness lasting a few days. However, anyone can develop a personal allergic reaction to some component of any vaccine.Discuss this with your pcp. Some folks can't handle the tetanus toxoid that is part of the vaccine. ...Read more
Pneumonia, bronchitis or flu shortness of breath. Coughing, wheezing, chills, fever, bodyaches, headache
Hello. : Hello. Can not distinguish between these three diagnoses based on this information. You will need a medical history, a physical examination to include auscultation of your lungs and you might need a chest xray as well. They will probably check your blood oxygen level and may also do some lab tests. Would play it safe and get evaluated at the emergency room, as there is a possibility that you could have pneumonia. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
1 of 3 components: Tdap is actually a 3 component vacine. The "t" protects you from tetanus (the rusty nail thing). The "d" protects you against diptheria (remember the illness treated by mr gauer in "it's a wonderful life"). The "p" protects you against pertussis - the doctor word for whooping cough. So you get a three in one treat with tdap! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bad fever aches and pains now starting to cough witha weird whooping sound. How to ensure not whooping cough?
Be Seen: See the doctor and get tested for pertussis is the best answer to your question. ...Read more
You get tested: Unfortunately, the vaccine avoiders have increased the frequency of pertussis in the us to dangerous levels. With wide vaccine use, this disease affected as few as 2500 nationwide with rare deaths in the early 90's but is now up to 30, 000 nationwide, with more than 30 deaths/yr, most in infants. A test of the secretions in your kids nose can be assessed for evidence of the pertussis. ...Read more
TDAP: Adults have been given an additional component to the original tetanus vaccine for many years now. So it now includes tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis components in the vaccine. It is given as a one time booster vaccine when you are due for a tetanus vaccine, but also given after pregnancy or when you are caring for a newborn to protect them from pertussis. ...Read more
I have pertussis (whooping cough) and after i eat, i start coughing which makes me want to vomit. Should i?
Yes: One of the key symptoms of pertussis is episodes of coughing followed by nausea like symptoms and or vomiting. As pertussis is severe infection with lot of mucus body tries to eliminate the mucus by vomiting and if you feels then should vomit. Take adequate rx for pertussis. It may take weeks for symptoms to improve sometimes if infection is severe. F/u with md. Best wishes. ...Read more
Respiratory tract: The germ targets the upper and lower respiratory tract.Early on there is just a runny nose and congestion,Over time it worsens, producing an outpouring of thick mucous that leads to the chronic cough.Affected infants can cough so hard they develop brain injury and or die during the process. Adults often have an intractable cough lasting 3 months or more. ...Read more
Pertussis: Pertussis is extremely contagious and when a person inhales aerosol droplets in the air from a cough/sneeze at close range from an infected person, the chance of infection is high. This bacteria colonize the cells lining the airways and attaches to the cilia (small projections) and there is release of pertussis toxin and tracheal toxin damaging the airway leading to most of the symptoms. ...Read more
Would need to test: Vaccination for pertussis is included in the immunizations given at 2, 4, 6, and 15 months, with a booster at 4-6 years. How old is your son and is he up to date on his immunizations? Pertussis can be a very serious infection and outbreaks occur due to under-immunization. If his cough sounds bad or he is acting ill, take him to his doctor and mention your concerns. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Deadly choice : Cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have increased in the us from ~2500 in the mid 90s to over 15000 per year due to increases in unvaccinated infants and children.This is primarily due to the public's mistrust of vaccines after some fraudulent research suggesting linkage to autism. Various celebrities have promoted this fiction.As a result more than 30 babies die/yr from whooping cough. ...Read more
I just found out I have whooping cough "pertussis" how did I get this and how can I ease the coughing?
TREAT PERTUSSIS: You probably contracted it from an adult coughing in public. 'whooping cough" is an infection caused by the bacteria, bordetella pertussis. We have had several epidemics in idaho and the west coast lately. Thought of as a childhood illness it has 'made a come back' and now infects adults. The treatment is antibiotics. Prevention is the key: everyone over 19 should get a dtap shot! cough meds help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Someone at my work has whooping cough (pertussis). What can I do to protect myself from contracting pertussis?
Doctor can evaluate: The booster shot (tdap) is recommended for all adults, of all ages, to protect against pertussis. Depending on the individual situation, one's primary care doctor can advise on whether or not antibiotics are needed. ...Read more
How do I take care of someone with pertussis? What's the best way to take care of and attenuate the symptoms of someone who has whooping cough?
Patient care: Make sure you have had immunization against whooping cough. Wear a mask when working with the patient. Offer symptomatic care in the form of fluids. Make sure the patient is gettin plenty of steam inhalation and is properly hydrated. Wash hands with soap and water after contact with patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was fully vaccinated against whooping cough yet got it when I was 8. It wasn't as severe but it was positive for pertussis. Cause?
Immunity wanes: Pertussis immunity wanes-decreases- even when fully vaccinated. Protection against pertussis in childhood is highest in the first year after 5th vaccine. Although immunity may wane, those who contract pertussis will have less severe disease. As an adult one needs at least one Dtap booster. Women need a Dtap booster with each pregnancy to protect their infants. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the symptoms of whooping cough (pertussis)? The symptoms of whopping cough are very similar to a flu, what are the main distinctions?
Actually, : Actually, the whooping cough (pertussis) resembles a cold more than the flu. The main symptoms are usually nasal congestion, sore throat and cough. Pertussis is usually indistinguishable from a cold until the 2nd or 3rd week of infection, when severe attacks of cough occur, which may trigger vomiting. This cough may last up to six to eight weeks. It is almost impossible to distinguish pertussis from a cold during the first week of symptoms, and requires lab tests. Severe coughs developing two weeks apart in several family members may be a clue. Unfortunately, antibiotics do not help unless started within the first (possibly 2nd) week of pertussis infection. When they are prescribed, it is usually to prevent spread for others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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