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What does it mean to have a whooping cough? Is this a lung problem?

What does it mean to have a whooping cough? Is this a lung problem?

It's an infection.: Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing. the coughing can make it difficult to breathe.  a deep "whooping" sound is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath. It is an upper respiratory infection caused by the bordetella pertussis or bordetella parapertussis bacteria. It can be prevented by vaccine. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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I am hospitalized w/ pnemonia and possibly whooping cough. Blood test came back pos for staph. How serious is staph infection in the lungs ?

I am hospitalized w/ pnemonia and possibly whooping cough. Blood test came back pos for staph. How serious is staph infection in the lungs ?

Very: If you have positive blood cultures for staph aureus (ask your doctor what species of staph since if it is coagulase negative it is probably a contaminant) you are very seriously ill and infective endocarditis must be excluded from your diagnosis. You need to be seen in consultation by an infectious diseases expert. Hope you get over this soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get whooping cough as an adult if you had an immunization as a child dry cough, lungs hurt, slight fever

Is it possible to get whooping cough as an adult if you had an immunization as a child dry cough, lungs hurt, slight fever

Yes. : Yes. Immunity wanes after a few years so you need a booster every 8-10 years. You may just have a viral bronchitis but if cough persists you should see your doctor for an evaluation. You should also get a pertussis booster ( tdap). ...Read more

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My 7 year old son has had a chronic dry cough for about 2 1/2 months. I gave him singular did not work, he had chest xrays all good, lungs sound great, they did a "whooping cough test" negative. Cough meds do not work. No fever, acts like a healthy 7 year

My 7 year old son has had a chronic dry cough for about 2 1/2 months. I gave him singular did not work, he had chest xrays all good, lungs sound great, they did a "whooping cough test" negative. Cough meds do not work. No fever, acts like a healthy 7 year

The : The cause of a chronic cough can be a very tricky problem to figure out in kids or adults. Common causes include: -asthma -gastro-esophageal reflux -allergies -chronic sinusitis -pertussis (whooping cough) -habit cough -pneumonia or other infectious cause such as tuberculosis it looks like your son's doctor has been doing a good job thinking of these problems and trying to rule out each one with the tests and medication trials they have been suggesting. Most of these problems will cause coughing all night as well as during the day except for habit cough. I've attached a website with some information on habit cough which is very common in kids. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Which other health problems are caused by whooping cough?

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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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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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 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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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

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


Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Whooping Cough (Definition)

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a contagious bacterial disease, and often causes violent, uncontrollable coughing. Difficulty ...Read more