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Doctor insights on: Pertussis In Pregnant Women

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What happens if you are pregnant and have pertussis?

What happens if you are pregnant and have pertussis?

Take meds/get better: You would likely develop some antibodies that will provide the newborn with some additional protection in the weeks after birth.Pertussis for adults is more an inconvenience than a threat. The fetus would not be affected by the illness or the meds taken to treat it. It would give the mom the "100 days" cough. ...Read more

Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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I am a 40yr old female who has pertussis. After a coughing fit, I felt pain in my ribs under my R breast. Today, the pain got much worse. Help.

I am a 40yr old female who has pertussis. After a coughing fit, I felt pain in my ribs under my R breast. Today, the pain got much worse.  Help.

Assuming on meds: May want to go in to evaluate for ant air leak...sometimes chest xray helps. Cough can be severe and cause even musculo skeletal pain. Anti infective therapy should be correct. Recommend all family to be immunised for pertussis, even if no contact. ...Read more

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Can it be harmful be vaccinated twice for yhe tdap pertussis vaccine 17 year old healthy female?

Can it be harmful be vaccinated twice for yhe tdap pertussis vaccine 17 year old healthy female?

Should be fine: If a person gets 2 tdap vaccinations in the same year (because she did not have a record of the first shot), she most likely will just get better antibody levels (more protection). Maybe the second shot can lead to more temporary soreness at the shot site in the arm, but many people have little or no soreness at all after shots. ...Read more

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Can I die from pertussis if I ignore it?

Not likely: Pertussis can cause death in children, especially if the child is malnourished, has other respiratory illness or other intercurrent illness. An adult is not likely to die from it. ...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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Took care of my partner; with what we think had pertussis how can I be sure I didn't get it... We live in a small house and share a room?

Took care of my partner; with what we think had pertussis how can I be sure I didn't get it... We live in a small house and share a room?

See your doctor...: If you are having no symptoms, the most important thing you can do is get re-vaccinated, especially if there is a pertussis outbreak in your area. If you're having a frequent dry cough, lost of fatigue, especially if the cough is persistent and hacking, you may well have pertussis. There are tests that can be done for this, and antibiotics which can treat the infection if present. See your doc! ...Read more

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Pertussus (Definition)

Pertussus is also known as Whooping cough. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a contagious bacterial disease, and often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty ...Read more