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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
222 doctors shared insights

Whooping Cough (Overview)

A contagious bacterial disease that often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty breathing may also occur.


Dr. John Simpson Dr. Simpson
Pediatrics
30 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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Could my baby have whooping cough if he was exposed two weeks ago?

Could my baby have whooping cough if he was exposed two weeks ago?

Yes: Yes, symptoms of whooping cough develop after a typical incubation period of 7 to 10 days (range: 5 to 21 days). Initially symptoms are similar to a common cold, but then progress to significant paroxysms of cough which are notable for an inspiratory "whoop". Symptoms slowly resolve over weeks. The classic illness generally lasts 6-10 weeks. Routine childhood immunization is the best protection. ...Read more

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
222 doctors shared insights

Whooping Cough (Overview)

A contagious bacterial disease that often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty breathing may also occur.


Dr. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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How does whooping cough - bordetella pertussis - enter your body and what does it do?

How does whooping cough - bordetella pertussis - enter your body and what does it do?

Persistent cough: It is an airborne disease that you acquire from someone else and it is highly contageous. It can result with a persistent cough that may last weeks, even after treatment with antibiotics. The cough is incapacitating. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Whooping cough (Tip)

Treat early with antibiotics if diagnosed with whooping cough. ...See more

Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Control the cough with medications and keep hydrated
Once
Finish all antibiotics, even if the patient is improving or better
Once
Assure all immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns when sick
Once
Dr. Christopher Hove Dr. Hove
Facial Plastic Surgery
21 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Child makes whooping sound when inhaling but does not have the cough, is that a symptom of whooping cough?

Child makes whooping sound when inhaling but does not have the cough,  is that a symptom of whooping cough?

Whooping cough: Yes absolutely. But it can also be croup. Go straight to the pediatrician's office asap. If they are having difficulty breathing, go straight to the er now. ...Read more

Dr. Anthony Rooklin Dr. Rooklin
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
45 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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What are the symptoms of whooping cough besides coughing?

What are the symptoms of whooping cough besides coughing?

Varied: While the worst part of whooping cough is definitely the cough, patients may develop muscle pain from the coughing. I've also had patients who break blood vessels in their eye and get a blood red conjunctiva. Sleep interruption can also cause daytime fatigue. All these symptoms are a result of the cough. ...Read more

Dr. Elizabeth Wallen Dr. Wallen
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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Whooping cough (Tip)

If a child in the home has whooping cough, make sure EVERYONE around the child is vaccinated. ...See more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
Daily
If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
Daily
If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
Once
Dr. Ronda Alexander Dr. Alexander
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
15 years in practice
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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I babysat for a child who has just been diagnosed with whooping cough. Do need antibiotics?

I babysat for a child who has just been diagnosed with whooping cough.  Do need antibiotics?

Depends: How old are you? Were you immunized against pertussis (whooping cough)? How are you feeling? If the answers are: adult, yes, fine...You should be okay but it's also fine to get to your primary care doc for a check-in. The vaccine for pertussis is given as a child and, now, gets repeated as an adult since we have to care for the little ones. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Can the morning after pill appear in a blood test for whooping cough?

Can the morning after pill appear in a blood test for whooping cough?

No: I trust you are referring to a blood test to see if a person has immunity to whooping cough. Such tests are not designed to detect use of birth control pills, including morning after pill. ...Read more

Dr. Natalie Hodge Dr. Hodge
Pediatrics
22 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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Whooping cough (Tip)

Avoid exposing babies until your child is not contagious—it is deadly for them. ...See more

Dr. C. michael Bowman Dr. Bowman
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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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

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Charlene Sojico Dr. Sojico
Pediatrics
37 years in practice
University of the East, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center
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Whooping cough (Tip)

Don ' t forget to get immunized . Do give supportive treatment and make your child comfortable. ...See more

Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Prakash Bhoopalam Dr. Bhoopalam
Pediatrics
39 years in practice
Bangalore University, M. S. Ramaiah Medical College
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What does it mean to have a whooping cough? Is this a lung problem?

What does it mean to have a whooping cough? Is this a lung problem?

It's an infection.: Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing. the coughing can make it difficult to breathe.  a deep "whooping" sound is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath. It is an upper respiratory infection caused by the bordetella pertussis or bordetella parapertussis bacteria. It can be prevented by vaccine. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane Steiner Dr. Steiner
Psychiatry
39 years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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Whooping cough (Tip)

Immunize your baby when the pediatrician recommends it; you will have a healthier child. ...See more

Dr. Michael Ein Dr. Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
44 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Best way to treat whooping cough when symptoms first show up?

Best way to treat whooping cough when symptoms first show up?

Erythromycin: Erythromycin is the main stay of pertussis treatment. Azithromycin is an alternative. The earlier treatment is started the more effective it will be. Supportive care especially for infants is of paramount importance. Other adjunctive treatment with corticosteroids, salbutamol, pertussis specific igg and antihistamines have been used but no significant benefit was found with any of them. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Klein Dr. Klein
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
37 years in practice
Albany Medical College
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I diagnosed and treated me for whooping cough. Is it normal for me to be coughing up phlegm and blood and having a runny nose with mucus and blood?

I diagnosed and treated me for whooping cough. Is it normal for me to be coughing up phlegm and blood and having a runny nose with mucus and blood?

Yes: Whooping cough, or pertussis can cause excessive, protracted coughing. Small membranes in the throat may burst with hard coughing and blood may come up with phlegm. You may benefit from meds to supress the cough, especially to help you sleep. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti Dr. Ferranti
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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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

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