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Whooping Cough And Asthma
He could have whooping cough, asthma, chronic cough, allergies, croup. I am so confused. How do I tell the difference?
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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
No: Asthma is usually a breathing out noise, except in its more severe form when patients wheeze breathing in and out. All abnormal breathing should be evaluated by your doctor-other conditions to consider include inspiratory stridor from croup, tracheomalacia, whooping cough, or a foreign object in the windpipe. Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whooping cough: If you're actively infected, see your fp for antibiotic treatment. It is now recommended that adults get a pertussis (whooping cough) booster to prevent spreading the disease to children who may not yet be immunized or haven't completed their series of immunizations for this disease. Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Baby protection: It will boost moms antibody protection against the whooping cough, which is probably low unless she had a shot within a couple of years. Mom's antibodies are then passed to baby and provide baby with good protection for several months. This helps sure mom doesn't get the illness and pass it to her baby and helps protect baby during the period before they can get and develop protection from shots. Read more