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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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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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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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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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Is a link between whooping cough and epilepsy?

Low oxygenation: whooping cough can cause respiratory distress and low brain oxygenation resulting in a seizure. It can also cause bleeding within the brain that can cause seozires/ ...Read more

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Do you only take antibiotics for whooping cough?

Do you only take antibiotics for whooping cough?

See below: 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

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Are the whooping cough vaccines actually effective?

If used: The peak of effectiveness was evident in the early to mid 90's when the annual infection rate dropped to about 2500 cases and no deaths/yr in the US. After the wave of anti-vaccine sentiment took hold, cases have increased dramatically,particularly on the west coast.In 2014 there were 40,000 with at least 40 deaths.Most were un- immunized or partially immunized. ...Read more

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How effectively do the whooping cough vaccines work?

How effectively do the whooping cough vaccines work?

Well but:: Studies show: newer vaccine works well but fades over time. 1) kids who get pertussis 89% < likely to have had all 5 series dtap. Get the series 2) but the newer vaccine does not stay protective as long and must be boosted for certain: w/in the 1st years of series immunity 95%. By age 8-10 years it is 70%. In calif in 2010: 3% cases in 4 year olds. 31% cases were in 10 year olds. Stay boosted. ...Read more

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How often do I need to get the whooping cough vaccination?

At least once adult: You should get the tdap (which contains the whooping cough or pertussis "p" vaccine at least once as an adult. We don't know yet if adults ae going to need ongoing boosters every so many years - that research is not complete yet. Ob's and pediatricians are also recommending pregnant moms get reboosters with each pregnancy to protect newborn infant - talk it over with them if you're with child! ...Read more

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Do i need to take the whooping cough vaccination every year?

Do i need to take the whooping cough vaccination every year?

No: After the primary series is completed in infancy the interval lengthens between recommended doses.By adulthood a booster every decade will keep up your antibody levels. ...Read more

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What to do if I have whooping cough, should I see a doctor now?

What to do if I have whooping cough, should I see a doctor now?

Yes: It is important than any such condition be confirmed so the public health officials can contain any outbreak. Management of symptoms can be frustrating if this is confirmed.They call this the "100 days cough" for a reason. If it is not whooping cough, your improvement will benefit from a proper diagnosis and a different care plan. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between bronchitis, pneumonia and whooping cough?

How can you distinguish between bronchitis, pneumonia and whooping cough?

Whooping cough: has a distinct cough. Bronchitis and pneumonia may be difficult to tell apart but many times bronchitis on an X-ray will not show whereas pneumonia should. ...Read more

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What are some better ways to treat whooping cough without visiting the doctor ?

What are some better ways to treat whooping cough without visiting the doctor ?

Confusing question: Whooping cough is caused by a contagious bacteria called b. Pertussis. When present in a community it can spread, most commonly among adults with waning immunity and passed to unprotected infants .The infants under 6 months of age have the highest fatality rate, and >15 infant deaths have occurred on the west coast in 2010.Proper treatment is needed to stop the spread of this deadly disease. ...Read more

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For what reason did the epidemic of whooping cough spread more in the vaccinated population?

For what reason did the epidemic of whooping cough spread more in the vaccinated population?

Faulty premis: In the 1990's we averaged 2500 WC cases/yr and no deaths with a vaccination rate that provided great heard immunity.In 2014 we had >40,000 cases, most on the West coast in California & Washington state with ~ 40 deaths, most of which were unimmunized or partially immunized babies <1yr.Vaccination never confirs 100% protection.The anti-vaccine community is responsible for the epidemic. ...Read more

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Whooping Cough (Definition)

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


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