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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. Arthur Balin
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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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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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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

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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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