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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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My child makes a whooping sound when he breathes in. Does that mean he has asthma?

My child makes a whooping sound when he breathes in. Does that mean he has asthma?

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 more

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What is a whooping cough?

What is a whooping cough?

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

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What are the symptoms of whooping cough?

What are the symptoms of whooping cough?

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

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What are the symptoms of the whooping cough?

What are the symptoms of the whooping cough?

Whooping cough: 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

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How do you calm the severity of the cough from whooping cough.?

How do you calm the severity of the cough from whooping cough.?

Cough: Treat it like any other cough with expectorants, decongestants, mucolytics and sometimes steroids. Most of these can be found over the counter. Read more

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Why is whooping cough a bacterium?

Why is whooping cough a bacterium?

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 more

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What is the cure for whooping cough?

What is the cure for whooping cough?

Zithromax: First. See your primary care provider to be sure of the proper diagnosis. Then be sure to take prescription exactly as prescribed. Read more

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What pathogen causes whooping cough?

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

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Can whooping cough affect my IVF cycle?

Can whooping cough affect my IVF cycle?

Possible, not likely: Any infection can affect your IVF cycke potentially; If you have whooping cough, would avoid IVF whether it does or doesnt! Bad time to try to conceive a child, your baby/fetus most at risk fir birth defects in the first trimester Read more

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How can I get rid of the whooping cough?

How can I get rid of the whooping cough?

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

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What's the treatment for whooping cough?

What's the treatment for whooping cough?

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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How can bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) reproduce?

How can bordetella pertussis (whooping cough) reproduce?

Sugar/water/mucous: The human respiratory system provides a luxurious collection of sugar, protein & water in the form of airway mucous. This provides ample nutrition for whooping cough & a multitude of other germs. Read more

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In whooping cough should I take antibiotic or antibacterial?

In whooping cough should I take antibiotic or antibacterial?

Verified: True whooping cough (pertussis) is treated with antibiotics. This can reduce spread to others, but will seldom change the course of the cough in adults. This condition has the nick name "100 days cough" Read more

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What are effective home remedies to get rid of whooping cough?

What are effective home remedies to get rid of whooping cough?

None: Whooping cough will run it's course. Saline nose drops, humidification may help. Honey if over 1 year of age, but no proven cure exists as a home remedy. Read more

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Is subconjuctival bleeding a complication of whooping cough?

Is subconjuctival bleeding a complication of whooping cough?

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 more

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What will happen if I got my whooping cough shot while pregnant?

What will happen if I got my whooping cough shot while pregnant?

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

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Can a toddler get whooping cough even if they've been immunized?

Can a toddler get whooping cough even if they've been immunized?

Pertussis vaccine.: Although the likelihood of contracting whooping cough in someone who has been vaccinated is not very likely no vaccine is 100% effective. If you think your child may have whooping cough then see a Dr. Right away. Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Whooping Cough (Definition)

A contagious bacterial disease that often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty ...Read more