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I'm wondering why are childhood cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in children on the rise?

I'm wondering why are childhood cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in children on the rise?

Deadly choice : Cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have increased in the us from ~2500 in the mid 90s to over 15000 per year due to increases in unvaccinated infants and children.This is primarily due to the public's mistrust of vaccines after some fraudulent research suggesting linkage to autism. Various celebrities have promoted this fiction.As a result more than 30 babies die/yr from whooping cough. ...Read more

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 the adult dosage of mucosolvan syrup in the case of productive cough ? Started today only - no fever.

What is the adult dosage of mucosolvan syrup in the case of productive cough ? Started today only - no fever.

Mucosolvan: It depends on the age of the person taking the medicine. On the manufacture's website it states that for an adult, one dose is 30 mg. It doesn't give the concentration of the syrup so I can't be more specific. Check the package insert for dosing instructions or consult with your pharmacist or physician for more details. ...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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Are over-the-counter remedies good for the control of catarrh in children with asthma?

Are over-the-counter remedies good for the control of catarrh in children with asthma?

No: Catarrh (meaning inflammation and thick discharge) in children with asthma may be part of the normal asthmatic process, and should be treated with preventative, anti-inflammatory controller medications if it occurs frequently or persistently. These are only available by rx in the us. It also often can be from a secondary infection-sinusitis or bronchitis and may need treatment with a antibiotic. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of bronchitis in a child?

What are symptoms of bronchitis in a child?

BRONCHITIS: Dry coughing episodes maybe allergic in origin or associated with bronchial asthma easily relieved by appropriate medications. ...Read more

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Please .. Could you mention the safest anti-cough syrups for children in case of dry & productive cough..

Please .. Could you mention the safest anti-cough syrups for children in case of dry & productive cough..

Nothing. : Current guidelines are not to give any cough syrup to young children, but of you were gonna give something i would give dimatapp. It has been around forever. ...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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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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64 year old COPD patient complaining of increasing shortness of breath and productive cough of thick. What would docs do?

64 year old COPD patient complaining of increasing shortness of breath and productive cough of thick. What would docs do?

Could B exacerbation: Any changes of the normal could be an exacebation of copd. Typical would be antibiotics not just for infection but antiflamatory properties as well. May need adjustments to medications as well. Need to see md especially if above occurs or an incease in rescue inhalers is noted. ...Read more

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Why are the symptoms of bacterial meningitis in infants and young children?

Why are the symptoms of bacterial meningitis in infants and young children?

The classic stiff: Neck, arched back, lethargy, irritability and high fever, often after a respiratory infection (pneumonia) or especially ear infection. Once started, head ache, vomiting are also part of the symotims from blocked ventricles and elevated intracranial pressure. ...Read more

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What is approprate medicine for pain in ribs and productive cough with grey white sputum?

What is approprate medicine for pain in ribs and productive cough with grey white sputum?

Depends: If you have also been having chills or a fever, there's a decent chance you might have a pneumonia, in which case you will need an antibiotic. If this is just bronchitis and the pain is simply from coughing, a little Ibuprofen might help. Frankly, you probably need a physical and a chest xray. Pneumonias left untreated can be dangerous and lead to complications. See a doc. ...Read more

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What is the most likely diagnosis of running nose slight fever and productive cough?

What is the most likely diagnosis of running nose slight fever and productive cough?

Viral Infection: The most likely cause of a runny nose, cough, and fever is a viral infection. It is possible for these symptoms to be related to a bacterial infection that would require antibiotics, however most physicians will advise to wait 24-48 hours before considering prescribing and antibiotic in the absence of any other definitive symptoms that would suggest a bacterial infection. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are symptoms of pneumonia in adults in group homes?

What are symptoms of pneumonia in adults in group homes?

See below: Congested cough, generalized weakness, decreased appetite, fever, and change of personality. Not everyone gets same symptoms. The earlier you detect the better treatment respond this person gets. ...Read more

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Any new latest findings in treatment for asthma exacerbation in children?

Any new latest findings in treatment for asthma exacerbation in children?

No: Nothing new for many years now. Singulair (montelukast) is probably the newest good thing and it is not for exacerbations, but for maintenance. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have cough with streptococcal tonsillitis in children under 4? Is a cough suppresent syrup recommended in such cases?

Is it possible to have cough with streptococcal tonsillitis in children under 4? Is a cough suppresent syrup recommended in such cases?

Yes: Although not typical of strep throat, coughs can be seen in a variety of situations. However, I would generally not recommend any cough medicines for young patients such as this. The antibiotics should take care of the strep, and increased fluids would be best for the cough. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish dry cough from cough, associated with secretions in children of age 3?

How can you distinguish dry cough from cough, associated with secretions in children of age 3?

Different sound.: The best way to learn the difference is for someone to tell you what kind of a cough you are listening to right now. I usually do this on visits with complaint of cough. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of whooping cough (pertussis)? The symptoms of whopping cough are very similar to a flu, what are the main distinctions?

What are the symptoms of whooping cough (pertussis)? The symptoms of whopping cough are very similar to a flu, what are the main distinctions?

Actually, : Actually, the whooping cough (pertussis) resembles a cold more than the flu. The main symptoms are usually nasal congestion, sore throat and cough. Pertussis is usually indistinguishable from a cold until the 2nd or 3rd week of infection, when severe attacks of cough occur, which may trigger vomiting. This cough may last up to six to eight weeks. It is almost impossible to distinguish pertussis from a cold during the first week of symptoms, and requires lab tests. Severe coughs developing two weeks apart in several family members may be a clue. Unfortunately, antibiotics do not help unless started within the first (possibly 2nd) week of pertussis infection. When they are prescribed, it is usually to prevent spread for others. ...Read more

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What are the causes of persistant productive cough?!

What are the causes of persistant productive cough?!

Multiple causes: Get a comprehensive physical examination, blood testsfor infection and a chest xray. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Productive Cough (Definition)

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