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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Whooping Cough (Overview)

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a contagious bacterial disease, and often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty breathing may also occur.


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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
218 doctors shared insights

Whooping Cough (Overview)

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a contagious bacterial disease, and often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty breathing may also occur.


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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

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Managing a Child with Whooping Cough (Tip)

Managing a Child with Whooping Cough

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

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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Control the cough with medications and keep hydrated
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Finish all antibiotics, even if the patient is improving or better
Once
Assure all immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns when sick
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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

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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

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Managing a Child with Whooping Cough (Tip)

Managing a Child with Whooping Cough

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

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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
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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

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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. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more