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Doctor insights on: Pertussis Post Tussive Vomiting

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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I have pertussis (whooping cough) and after i eat, i start coughing which makes me want to vomit. Should i?

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

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Can bad post cold throat congestion/cough make 9mth old vomit while laying down? No diarrhea no fever eating fine.Just vomited slimy after coughing​.

Can bad post cold throat congestion/cough make 9mth old vomit while laying down? No diarrhea no fever eating fine.Just vomited slimy after coughing​.

Cough/vomit: The mechanics of coughing & vomiting use some similar structures (chest, diaphragm, mouth) and sick infants can often vomit after/during a coughing spell.Drainage can certainly trigger the event & they can empty their stomach during the process. ...Read more

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My 8 month old has a bad cough and lots of mucus. He keeps throwing up after coughing is there anything I can give him?

My 8 month old has a bad cough and lots of mucus. He keeps throwing up after coughing is there anything I can give him?

No cough medication: But keep his nasal passages clear with a cool moist environment . Help him clear his secretions by patting him on the back. Feeding him small amounts frequently may help his vomiting. Have his chest checked to see if anything else will help. All the best and make sure his immunizations are current. ...Read more

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My 5 year old sister is puking almost every night after coughing. Dr has no idea why.Breathing treatment and asthma meds haven't worked. Please help.

My 5 year old sister is puking almost every night after coughing. Dr has no idea why.Breathing treatment and asthma meds haven't worked. Please help.

Cough & Vomiting: Post-tussive vomiting is certainly a possibility. This can be caused by severe coughing. I would be concerned with the most common causes first, such as: asthma, post-nasal drip, gastroesophageal reflux (and you don't have to have heartburn to have this), and pertussis (whooping cough). She may benefit from seeing a pedicatric pulmonologist or an allergist. ...Read more

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I think I had the pertussis shot a couple years ago but not sure. Is it bad to get it again?

I think I had the pertussis shot a couple years ago but not sure. Is it bad to get it again?

No: We don't think so and there is no evidence to suggest otherwise. Dtap is for kids and tdap is for adults to be re-vaccinated. What we are finding is that the protection to pertussis fades away as we get older. As a result of this and children not being immunized, rates of pertussis infection last year reached rates of the 1960's. Caregivers for small babies should definitely receive booster. ...Read more

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I might have pertussis, been coughing a lot; how do I get checked?

Make some calls: The proper testing can be done in many outpatient settings.Your doctor, a local urgent care clinic, a county health center , or emergency room can get a specimen and send it for PCR testing. Results are usually available within a few days. Depending on exposure history, some are treated before the results are known. ...Read more

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What disease can bordetella pertussis cause?

Whooping cough: Whooping cough, formally called pertussis, is a respiratory disease that in its classic form in small children can produce paroxysms of cough strong enough to fracture a rib and long enough to cause lack of oxygen in the body. It is especially harmful in infants less than 12 months old who are not yet immunized. Because of waning immunity from vaccine, boosters are now recommended in adults. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with pertussis?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with pertussis?

Rare: This is a childhood/infant infection that used to be a feared epidemic disease lethal to many. Recent nonesense about vaccinations has led to pockets of recurrence in areas where the local climate drops the number vaccinated below the numbers needed for "herd" protection. Most docs will never see a case but a doc in an area with low rates may see a bunch. ...Read more

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What is the difference between croup and pertussis cough?

What is the difference between croup and pertussis cough?

Cough types: In general, the cough of croup is usually worse at night, and resembles the bark of a seal or dog. Pertussis coughs are generally repetitive initially (frequently causing gagging and vomiting), and later by a characteristic 'whoop' at the end of a coughing episode. Croup is scary but not dangerous as pertussis is in small children. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract pertussis even after having vaccination?

Is it possible to contract pertussis even after having vaccination?

Yes: Up until the present pertussis vaccine was released, it was not given after the age of 6 due to the many side effects of the whole cell vaccine.Teens and adults with waining immunity often developed the "100 days cough" as the pertussis is often called.Today the acellular pertussis can be given to teens and adults and cut their risk and prevent the spread in the community. ...Read more

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What are the initial symptoms of whooping cough (pertussis)?

What are the initial symptoms of whooping cough (pertussis)?

Pertussis: is divided into three stages: catarrhal, paroxysmal and convalescent. The 1st stage is characterized by common cold symptoms for 1-2 weeks. The 2nd stage is marked by the characteristic cough, and the 3rd by gradual resolution over 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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When should I get the diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus shot?

When should I get the diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus shot?

Probably now: If you're like most adults, you probably haven't had a pertussis containing vaccine since childhood. Up until six years ago, there wasn't a pertussis containing vaccine in the usa recommended for adults. The cdc recommends that all adults through age 64 get a single pertussis containing vaccine (tdap) (includes tetanus and diphtheria). It's also given to those over 65 in contact with infants. ...Read more

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My sons cough is very bad and was wondering could this be whooping cough or pertussis?

My sons cough is very bad and was wondering could this be whooping cough or pertussis?

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 more

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Should expecting dad and i both be vaccinated for pertussis before the arrival of our newborn?

Should expecting dad and i both be vaccinated for pertussis before the arrival of our newborn?

Certainly yes: Grandma and grandpa as well. Over 80 percent of pertussis in infants are traced to close family member. ...Read more

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Can vitamin C help treat pertussis?

Can vitamin C help treat pertussis?

Not really: Vitamin C can help support the immune system during periods of illness, but Pertussis is a serious bacterial infection best treated with appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more