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Doctor insights on: Pertussis Exposure And Pregnancy

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How do I know if I have pertussis?

How do I know if I have pertussis?

Suspicion/duration: Since most adults have not bothered to get a pertussis booster, they represent a target of opportunity.Pertussis germs can ride into town in an international traveler or someone from the west coast & spread it to you (or your susceptible kids).In adults, it often seems to be a mild cold until you get past the initial phase, then the persistent "hundred days cough" sets in. Dx from test is possible. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What system is affected by pertussis?

What system is affected by pertussis?

Respiratory: pertussis. I'd whooping cough. Is basically a respirstory tract system illness with prolonged coughing and sometimes other respiratory issues ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the targeted system of pertussis?

Could you tell me what is the targeted system of pertussis?

Respiratory tract: The germ targets the upper and lower respiratory tract, 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

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Any support groups for pertussis?

Any support groups for pertussis?

Why?: You don't usually need a support group for an acute infection that you recover from. Support groups are for people with chronic infections. And if everyone got vaccinated, there would be no pertussis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pertussis in a toddler?

What are the symptoms of pertussis in a toddler?

See below: Pertussis begins with mild respiratory symptoms similar to common cold (catarrhal stage), followed by paroxysmal stage characterized by paroxysmal cough and whoop often followed by vomiting. This stage often lasts 6 to 8 weeks. Severe cough spell and apnea (cessation of breathing) especially in young children can result in rectal prolapse, subconjunctival hemorrhage, and seizure. ...Read more

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Has anyone experienced an outbreak of pertussis locally?

Has anyone experienced an outbreak of pertussis locally?

Yes: Yes, in my area we are in the midst of a serious outbreak, mostly in school age kids and adults. Rarely have infants been diagnosed currently. The mix includes underimmunized patients needing booster updates, not immunized at all and occasionally immunized patients where the vaccine apparently did not "take". ...Read more

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What is the treatment for pertussis for kids?

What is the treatment for pertussis for kids?

Antibiotics: A reasonable guideline is to treat persons aged >1 year within 3 weeks of cough onset and infants aged <1 year and pregnant women (especially near term) within 6 weeks of cough onset. The antimicrobial agents of choice for treatment or chemoprophylaxis of pertussis are azithromycin, Clarithromycin and erythromycin. ...Read more

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How does bordetella pertussis infect and attack cells?

How does bordetella pertussis infect and attack cells?

Whooping cough: This bacteria causes whooping cough and it is very contagious. It is easy to contract from a person who is infected and is coughing and sneezing. ...Read more