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I'm wondering why are childhood cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in children on the rise?

I'm wondering why are childhood cases of whooping cough (pertussis) in children on the rise?

Deadly choice : Cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have increased in the us from ~2500 in the mid 90s to over 15000 per year due to increases in unvaccinated infants and children.This is primarily due to the public's mistrust of vaccines after some fraudulent research suggesting linkage to autism. Various celebrities have promoted this fiction.As a result more than 30 babies die/yr from whooping cough. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Can the whooping cough be fatal to children?

Can the whooping cough be fatal to children?

Yes: If memory serves me well we lost about 40 in 2014 among the 30-40 thousand cases reported. Sad because we were down to no deaths in the 2500 or so cases in the 90's. It is most deadly under age 6m. Sad that so many people skipped vaccines and brought this back. ...Read more

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What is whooping cough?

What is whooping cough?

100 Day Cough: Whooping cough is an infection caused by the b. Pertussis bacteria. It may cause a severe cough characterized by a loud "whooping" sound, although not always.In infants severe respiratory problems may lead to death. When treated with antibiotics, the cough still lasts about 100 days.Most cases are preventable by immunizing.So the vaccine is best. ...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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How does whooping cough spread?

How does whooping cough spread?

Contact with patient: when a patient with whooping cough coughs there are droplets dispersed which cause disease in contacts ...Read more

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How do they treat whooping cough?

How do they treat whooping cough?

Peds: Best with antimicrobials, supportive therapy, and under the guidance of a good pediatrician or lung doctor. ...Read more

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How can people catch the whooping cough?

How can people catch the whooping cough?

Droplet: Exposure to the nasal secretions or cough of an infected person can pass it to you.It is passed with droplet (inhaled particles) or direct inoculation (contaminated fingers to nose or mouth. You incubate it for quite a while before ever having recognized cough.Your source may never have symptoms before they pass it to you. ...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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Will clyndamdicyn work for whooping cough?

Will clyndamdicyn work for whooping cough?

Wrong antibiotic: The treatment for pertussis (whooping cough) is azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, or sometimes trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (bactrim), but not clindamycin. ...Read more

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What causes the whooping in whooping cough?

What causes the whooping in whooping cough?

Can't catch breath: When a child has whooping cough he starts to cough and can't stop. As he continues to cough he loses his breath and when he finally stops coughing he takes a deep breath very fast. Since his throat is very small, the large amount of air moving very fast through the small airway creates a "whoop". ...Read more

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What can I use to cover the whooping cough?

What can I use to cover the whooping cough?

Confusing question: You prevent it with the vaccine, you treat it after proper confirmation with antibiotics. In an adult, when the cough starts, antibiotics will not effect the duration of the cough symptoms which may last 3 months. ...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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What are some of the whooping cough symptoms?

What are some of the whooping cough symptoms?

Pertussis symptoms: Prolonged cough (sometimes resulting in vomiting), fast breathing, retractions, congestion, low grade fevers, and the breathing pattern for which it gets its name whooping cough -> the child caoughs so hard and so much, they are unable to get a breath and then inhale a loud "whoop" sounding breath. ...Read more

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How long should whooping cough symptoms last?

How long should whooping cough symptoms last?

100 days: Whooping cough is also known as the "100 day cough". The symptoms may not last that long and towards the end the frequency and severity of the cough should lesson. Once symptoms stop an routine viral illness may trigger a return of the cough but it is usually short lived and will return to normal within a week or two. ...Read more

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How possible is a baby to get whooping cough?

How possible is a baby to get whooping cough?

Exposure/no antibody: Many mothers delivering today had their last whooping cough vaccine as a kid and will not have any remaining antibody to pass to their newborn. Recently,OBs have started giving the TdaP to pregnant women to help avoid this.The vaccine is not effective if given before 6 wks, so the newest babies are vulnerable if exposed. This germ can pass from infected people before they realize they are ill. ...Read more

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How long does the whooping cough usually last?

How long does the whooping cough usually last?

Weeks: Some cases can have a cough up to 6 to 8 weeks from the time of infection. ...Read more

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Whats the best thing to take for whooping cough?

Whats the best thing to take for whooping cough?

Nothing: Unfortunately, the cough of whooping cough is very unresponsive to all forms of treatment. Cough suppressants, bronchodilators, codeine, steroids etc. Rarely help. I have found occasional patients who do respond to Azithromycin taken on a daily basis. It may help because of its anti-inflammatory effects as opposed to its being an antibiotic. ...Read more

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What happens if whooping cough is left untreated?

What happens if whooping cough is left untreated?

Depends: In infancy it can lead to a progressive cough that is so bad the infant strokes out and can die. It is most dangerous to infants in the first 6 months. In adults, it just produces a chronic "100 days "cough. Kids Kids in the middle have variable effect.Untreated disease also leads to significant transfer to those within the persons contacts.Susceptable persons will get and pass disease. ...Read more

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How long would whooping cough symptoms take to go?

How long would whooping cough symptoms take to go?

A long time: This has been called the "100 day cough" I have enclosed a link to the cdc website for more information on this.

Good luck.

http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/signs-symptoms.html. ...Read more

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What is a whooping cough cause when i cough i wezz?

B. Pertussis: Bordatella Pertussis causes whooping cough. The condition comes on much like a common cold, usually with no fever. It takes about two weeks for the infection to settle into the lungs and cause the "whoop" Currently it is recommended that anyone with cold symptoms and cough longer than 7 days be considered to have possible Pertussis with testing and /or treatment. See your doctor ...Read more

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Please explain who does whooping cough affect more?

??perspective ??: It is infants under the age of 4 months that are most likely to die of the disease. If the pneumonia doesn't do them in , they actually cough so hard they can stroke & die. The parents that may have carried it to the infant may cough for 3-4 months & be sick part of the time, but the knowledge that they brought a deadly germ to their baby effects them forever. ...Read more

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Looking for answer to how do you cure whooping cough?

Looking for answer to how do you cure whooping cough?

Whooping cough: Yes it can be treated with antibiotics but first let a physician make the diagnosis . There is vaccine for it as well name tdap for pertussis , every 10 years . There is an epidemic recurrence of whooping cough due to past due vaccination. ...Read more

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Need to know is whooping cough really that dangerous?

Need to know is whooping cough really that dangerous?

Define dangerous: If you believe that a disease is dangerous if it has killed more than 30 kids in the us this past year than that is true.The majority were under 6 months of age and not immunized. It is more of a nuisance to adults, causing a persistent cough known as the "hundred days cough". ...Read more

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How frequently to you need to get a whooping cough shot?

How frequently to you need to get a whooping cough shot?

Depends on age: Infants have immune factors from mom from pregnancy but it begins to wain after birth.The infant immune system must be pushed so pertussis vaccine (&others) are usually given @2/4/6mo but can be given as early as 6wks if the disease is in the area.Boosters are given at 12-15m, 4-6yr & again @11-18yr. Pertussis vaccine provides a good but time limited protection.Discuss specific needs with your dr. ...Read more

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Which other health problems are caused by whooping cough?

Seizures, apnea: Besides the terrible cough, whooping cough (in young babies) can cause cessation of breathing (apnea), seizures, and death. ...Read more

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What should an adult do after exposure to whooping cough?

What should an adult do after exposure to whooping cough?

Antibiotic: Household and close contacts of confirmed cases of pertussis are often given 5 days of azithromycin or acceptable alternative ...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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Are there any good home remedies to treat whooping cough?

Are there any good home remedies to treat whooping cough?

No: The cough of whooping cough is very frustrating because it is so unresponsive to typical treatments for other types of cough. Cough suppressants usually don't work and asthma medications also fail including oral steroids. About 1/3 of the time I have had some success by using Azithromycin on a daily basis. Talk to your physician about trying this antibiotic for its anti inflammatory effects. ...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