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Doctor insights on: Regular Cough Vs Whooping Cough

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

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


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What is whooping cough?

What is whooping cough?

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 more

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What procedur is used to diagnois whooping cough for adults?

What procedur is used to diagnois whooping cough for adults?

Nasopharyngeal swab: Pcr testing for whooping cough (pertussis) is taken from a nasopharyngeal (back of nose) specimen. It is obtained with a nasal wash or dacron swab and submitted to the appropriate lab. ...Read more

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What is a whooping cough?

What is a whooping cough?

Infection of lungs: Whooping cough is named for the horrible repeated sequence of short coughs followed by a dramatic whoop or vibratory noise from the airways as baby takes a deep breath.It is caused by a vaccine preventable bacterial infection of the lungs that produces lots of sticky mucous baby coughs out to get air.Adults, even if immunized as kids, can get it, be asymtomatic & give it to babies who may die. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of whooping cough?

What are the symptoms of whooping cough?

Depends on age: Whooping cough is caused by pertussis and symptoms follow 3 stages: catarrhal-runny nose, sneezing, low fever; paroxysmal-dry irritative hacking, eye-bulging, strangling, uninterupted "machine gun" cough every hour. Convalescent-symptoms diminish but can persist for 100 days. A "whoop" sound on breathing in can occur in children, but most teens and adults just cough without the whoop. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the whooping cough?

What are the symptoms of the whooping cough?

Whooping cough: This special respiratory infection is very dangerous to our young children. Knowing about it is very wise. One with whooping cough probably has a high fever, is under some distress and the cough is a very high pitched unique sounding cough. I would bet you could go to google or you tube and find some audio examples to know the special cough this diagnosis is named for. ...Read more

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How do you calm the severity of the cough from whooping cough.?

How do you calm the severity of the cough from whooping cough.?

Cough: Treat it like any other cough with expectorants, decongestants, mucolytics and sometimes steroids. Most of these can be found over the counter. ...Read more

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Why is whooping cough a bacterium?

Why is whooping cough a bacterium?

B. Pertussis: Bortadella pertussis causes whooping cough. Currently it is recommended to be immunized against pertussis in the pediatric population and once after age 19 (http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule.Pdf) whooping cough is treated with antibiotics and measures to support breathing such as oxygen and breathing treatments. ...Read more

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What is the cure for whooping cough?

What is the cure for whooping cough?

Zithromax: First.See your primary care provider to be sure of the proper diagnosis. Then be sure to take prescription exactly as prescribed. ...Read more

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What pathogen causes whooping cough?

What pathogen causes whooping cough?

B.Pertussis: Classic whooping cough is caused by a bacterium, bordatella pertussis.Similar symptoms can be caused by otheragents such as a virus parapertussis and adenovirus. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for whooping cough?

What's the treatment for whooping cough?

Treatment...: Whooping cough, or pertussis, is caused by a bacteria so treatment is with an antibiotic prescribed by your doctor. There is a vaccine that largely prevents this disease so see your doctor for vaccination as well as diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How does whooping cough spread?

How does whooping cough spread?

Contact with patient: when a patient with whooping cough coughs there are droplets dispersed which cause disease in contacts ...Read more

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Will clyndamdicyn work for whooping cough?

Will clyndamdicyn work for whooping cough?

Wrong antibiotic: The treatment for pertussis (whooping cough) is azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, or sometimes trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (bactrim), but not clindamycin. ...Read more

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What are some of the whooping cough symptoms?

What are some of the whooping cough symptoms?

Pertussis symptoms: Prolonged cough (sometimes resulting in vomiting), fast breathing, retractions, congestion, low grade fevers, and the breathing pattern for which it gets its name whooping cough -> the child caoughs so hard and so much, they are unable to get a breath and then inhale a loud "whoop" sounding breath. ...Read more

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Whats the best thing to take for whooping cough?

Whats the best thing to take for whooping cough?

Nothing: Unfortunately, the cough of whooping cough is very unresponsive to all forms of treatment. Cough suppressants, bronchodilators, codeine, steroids etc. Rarely help. I have found occasional patients who do respond to Azithromycin taken on a daily basis. It may help because of its anti-inflammatory effects as opposed to its being an antibiotic. ...Read more

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What happens if whooping cough is left untreated?

What happens if whooping cough is left untreated?

Depends: In infancy it can lead to a progressive cough that is so bad the infant strokes out and can die. It is most dangerous to infants in the first 6 months. In adults, it just produces a chronic "100 days "cough. Kids Kids in the middle have variable effect.Untreated disease also leads to significant transfer to those within the persons contacts.Susceptable persons will get and pass disease. ...Read more

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Need to know is whooping cough really that dangerous?

Need to know is whooping cough really that dangerous?

Define dangerous: If you believe that a disease is dangerous if it has killed more than 30 kids in the us this past year than that is true.The majority were under 6 months of age and not immunized. It is more of a nuisance to adults, causing a persistent cough known as the "hundred days cough". ...Read more

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How frequently to you need to get a whooping cough shot?

How frequently to you need to get a whooping cough shot?

Depends on age: Infants have immune factors from mom from pregnancy but it begins to wain after birth.The infant immune system must be pushed so pertussis vaccine (&others) are usually given @2/4/6mo but can be given as early as 6wks if the disease is in the area.Boosters are given at 12-15m, 4-6yr & again @11-18yr. Pertussis vaccine provides a good but time limited protection.Discuss specific needs with your dr. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the of the whooping cough symtopms?

Pertussis symptoms: Whooping cough is caused by pertussis and symptoms follow 3 stages: catarrhal-runny nose, sneezing, low fever; paroxysmal-dry irritative hacking, eye-bulging, strangling, uninterupted "machine gun" cough every hour. Convalescent-symptoms diminish but can persist for 100 days. A "whoop" sound on breathing in can occur in children, but most teens and adults just cough without the whoop. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are my chances of having whooping cough?

Can you tell me what are my chances of having whooping cough?

Can't guess: How could we know that based on the information provided? ...Read more

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What are my chances of having whooping cough? How common is it?

What are my chances of having whooping cough? How common is it?

Not common: Generally whooping cough is not common because of vaccines. There has been an large increase in whooping cough in the last 10 years. If there is a local outbreak of whooping cough in your area then your chances of having it go up a lot. If you have a person in your house with whooping cough then you will very likely get it. Adults can be given a booster shot to keep them from getting it ...Read more

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What are noticable differences between a cold and whooping cough?

Severity of cough: The coughs that come with a cold and whooping cough (pertussis) are quite different and depend on the age of the person infected (younger - generally more severe). Whooping cough is a cough that comes in spasms (like 10 coughs in 20 seconds) followed by a "clear period" (2 - 5 minutes with no cough). A cold has coughs that are fewer and regular (with no "clear time"). Both can happen day or night. ...Read more

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Is whooping cough and the croup the same?

Is whooping cough and the croup the same?

No: Croup is triggered by a group of respiratory viruses and is usually benign. Whooping cough is triggered by a bacteria that infects the lungs and triggers a violent cough. Babies can cough hard enough to have a stroke and die. ...Read more

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Is whooping cough and croup the same thing?

Is whooping cough and croup the same thing?

No: They are two different infections that can affect the respiratory system. Croup is typically a viral infection in children under 6 yeas of age. Whooping cough also know as pertussis is caused by a bacteria. Early treatment with antibiotics can limit its effects. Vaccination of children and adults is the best protection for whooping cough. ...Read more

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Is "whooping" cough same thing as "the croup"?

Is "whooping" cough same thing as "the croup"?

No: Whooping cough is a specific infection with a bacterium. Croup is a symptom, usually in children, due to narrowing of airways with many different types of bronchitis. Whooping cough is one cause of croup. ...Read more

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What's the scientific name for whooping cough?

Pertussis: Pertussis is the correct name , based upon the technical name of the offending agent, b.Pertussis. ...Read more

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What does a whooping cough actually sound like?

What does a whooping cough actually sound like?

"Paroxysmal":: Very rapid cough-cough-cough-cough-cough [many many times without taking a breath] - then, running out of air, a huge gasping intake of breath that sounds like a "whoop" (hence the name). Then, almost instantly, starting over. ...Read more

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What is the vector of pertussis (whooping cough)?

What is the vector of pertussis (whooping cough)?

Humans: Bordetella pertussis is strictly a human pathogen. ...Read more

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What are the tests for bronchitis and whooping cough?

What are the tests for bronchitis and whooping cough?

Finding the germs: Whooping cough can be diagnosed by finding the germ in the body and/or by measuring body's response to the germ. However, those tests may only useful for certain times after the infection starts, so they may not help. There is not a specific test for bronchitis, although when someone is coughing up mucus for a long time, testing it in the lab to see what germs are there can help guide treatment. ...Read more

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How might you get whooping cough if you were immunized?

Waining immunity: Bacteria related vaccines like pertussis (whooping cough)& tetanus will generate immunity that is shorter in duration than some of the viral vaccines like measles.Before ~1992 we rarely gave the pertussis vaccine to anyone over 6 due shot reactions & side effects. Teens & adults were occasionally infected.Today the newer vaccine has less side effects &it is recommended for teens & adults. ...Read more

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What is the cure for whooping cough in general populaton?

What is the cure for whooping cough in general populaton?

Treatment...: Whooping cough, or pertussis, is caused by a bacteria so treatment is with an antibiotic prescribed by your doctor. There is a vaccine that largely prevents this disease so see your doctor for vaccination as well as diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Could a specialist please explain what whooping cough is?

Could a specialist please explain what whooping cough is?

Infection of lungs: Whooping cough is named for the horrible repeated sequence of short coughs followed by a dramatic whoop or vibratory noise from the airways as baby takes a deep breath.It is caused by a vaccine preventable bacterial infection of the lungs that produces lots of sticky mucous baby coughs out to get air.Adults, even if immunized as kids, can get it, be asymtomatic & give it to babies who may die. ...Read more

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Is the whooping cough nearly always fatal for 12 year olds?

Rarely: The highest case fatality rate for whooping cough is known for infants under 6 months of age. With rare exceptions, the preteen will have a significant chronic bronchitis/pneumonia with a cough lasting for 3 months or more. The main problem with the symptomatic 12 yo is their ability to pass it to unvaccinated babies & potentially lead to a fatality. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for whooping cough in general?

What is the treatment for whooping cough in general?

Treatment...: Whooping cough, or pertussis, is caused by a bacteria so treatment is with an antibiotic prescribed by your doctor. There is a vaccine that largely prevents this disease so see your doctor for vaccination as well as diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is subconjuctival bleeding a complication of whooping cough ?

Could be: Forceful coughing or vomiting can increase the pressure in the blood vessels of the neck and head structures. Fragile capillaries in the eyes frequently rupture, creating small hemorrhages. Petechiae are microhemorrhages under the skin, often seen in the face. They typically heal up on on their own without intervention and pose no long term consequences. ...Read more

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Are the whooping cough vaccines actually effective?

Are the whooping cough vaccines actually effective?

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 more

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What is in the pertussis (whooping cough) immunization?

What is in the pertussis (whooping cough) immunization?

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

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Is there a Tdap/whooping cough vaccine for teenagers?

Is there a Tdap/whooping cough vaccine for teenagers?

Yes and no: I usually give the final whooping cough booster at 11 or 12,but the same TdaP could be given to any teen or adult that wanted to boost their immunity. It is commonly recommended to young parents to help protect their new baby until they are mature enough to start the vaccines. ...Read more

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How do they treat whooping cough?

Peds: Best with antimicrobials, supportive therapy, and under the guidance of a good pediatrician or lung doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Whooping Cough (Definition)

A contagious bacterial disease that can cause violent, uncontrollable ...Read more