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What is the definition or description of: pertussis found on nasal swab (dfa)?

What is the definition or description of: pertussis found on nasal swab (dfa)?

Rapid screening test: Dfa--direct fluorescent antibody test--a rapid diagnostic test done in the lab that takes 1-2 days to screen for pertussis (whooping cough). While much faster than a culture, this test is not as reliable. A nasal swab is inserted gently into the nostrils toward the throat (posterior nasopharynx). Then fluorescently labeled antibodies are exposed to the sample looking for pertussis antigens/markers. ...Read more

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How does the nasopharyngeal swab feel?

May tickle: It may tickle a little, otherwise it should not be uncomfortable. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: culture of nasal swab shows b. Pertussis?

What is the definition or description of: culture of nasal swab shows b. Pertussis?

Positive identificat: Culture of secretion from deep inside the nose (nasopharyngeal swab) is a step to positively identify the bacterium causing pertussis (whooping cough). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pertussis in nasal swab (pcr test)?

What is the definition or description of: pertussis in nasal swab (pcr test)?

Pertussis was foun: It means that they found evidence that the bacteria that causes whooping cough was present in the nasal passages. This could mean you are a carrier of the disease (could infect others) or if you are having symptoms or repeated, serious cough, then you likely got infected by the pertussis bacteria and have whooping cough. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for pertussis to go away?

How long is it supposed to it take for pertussis to go away?

Pertussis: The old name for pertussis is the "100 day cough" - you should be evaluated as it can be very dangerous and only treatment is antibiotics (azithromycin) please see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pertussis and the common cold?

What is the difference between pertussis and the common cold?

Pertussis vs URI: Although the initial symptoms of a common cold and pertussis are very similar, their causes are not. Pertussis is caused by a bacterial infection, has three distinct stages, is dangerous in young children, lasts up to weeks and can be prevented with vaccination. Common colds are viral in nature, usually not dangerous, do not respond to antibiotics, and resolve on their own in a few days. ...Read more

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How do you know if you've got real pertussis and not just usual bronchitis?

How do you know if you've got real pertussis and not just usual bronchitis?

Whooping cough: Just listening to a child's cough may differentiate pertussis (whooping cough) from bronchitis. Children often get infected by adults and tend to "whoop" more than them. More commonly, they are indistinguishable especially in adults. The whoop is produced by air hunger between prolonged fits of coughing. A PCR test can be performed to diagnose pertussis. ...Read more

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