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Doctor insights on: Whooping Cough Vs Bronchitis

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What are the tests for bronchitis and whooping cough?

What are the tests for bronchitis and whooping cough?

Finding the germs: Whooping cough can be diagnosed by finding the germ in the body and/or by measuring body's response to the germ. However, those tests may only useful for certain times after the infection starts, so they may not help. There is not a specific test for bronchitis, although when someone is coughing up mucus for a long time, testing it in the lab to see what germs are there can help guide treatment. ...Read more

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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How can you test you for bronchitis and whooping cough?

How can you test you for bronchitis and whooping cough?

Cough: To know for sure, the health care provider may take a sample of mucus from the nasal secretions and send it to a lab, which tests it for pertussis. While this can offer an accurate diagnosis, the test takes some time, and treatment is usually started before the results are ready. ...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 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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Does Anise treat whooping cough?

Does Anise treat whooping cough?

Not at all: Whooping cough/pertussis is a very serious bacterial infection treated with specific antibiotics. ...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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How do you breathe with whooping cough?

How do you breathe with whooping cough?

Normal unless coughi: With whooping cough, when the patient is not coughing the breathing is perfectly normal. The cough is spasmodic and continues until there is very little air left in the lungs and when the patient then breathes in the whooping noise is made. ...Read more

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Is whooping cough and the croup the same?

Is whooping cough and the croup the same?

No: Croup is triggered by a group of respiratory viruses and is usually benign. Whooping cough is triggered by a bacteria that infects the lungs and triggers a violent cough. Babies can cough hard enough to have a stroke and die. ...Read more

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Is whooping cough and croup the same thing?

Is whooping cough and croup the same thing?

No: They are two different infections that can affect the respiratory system. Croup is typically a viral infection in children under 6 yeas of age. Whooping cough also know as pertussis is caused by a bacteria. Early treatment with antibiotics can limit its effects. Vaccination of children and adults is the best protection for whooping cough. ...Read more

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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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How do u start breathing with whooping cough?

How do u start breathing with whooping cough?

Breathing can get: Rough if you can't stop coughing. There's a reason they used to call it the 100 day cough! ...Read more

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Is "whooping" cough same thing as "the croup"?

Is "whooping" cough same thing as "the croup"?

No: Whooping cough is a specific infection with a bacterium. Croup is a symptom, usually in children, due to narrowing of airways with many different types of bronchitis. Whooping cough is one cause of croup. ...Read more

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When is whooping cough fatal for 12 year olds?

When is whooping cough fatal for 12 year olds?

Complications: The cdc www. Cdc. Gov as recommended to give booster vaccines for pertussis in young adolescents, again in adulthood, even after the recommended pediatric dosages. Bortadella pertussis bacteria causes whooping cough and is treatable with antibiotics but complications can with other pneumonia dehydration-good supportive care with hydration and breathing medication helpful. ...Read more

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What's the scientific name for whooping cough?

Pertussis: Pertussis is the correct name, based upon the technical name of the offending agent, b.Pertussis. ...Read more

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What does a whooping cough actually sound like?

What does a whooping cough actually sound like?

"Paroxysmal":: Very rapid cough-cough-cough-cough-cough [many many times without taking a breath] - then, running out of air, a huge gasping intake of breath that sounds like a "whoop" (hence the name). Then, almost instantly, starting over. ...Read more

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What is the vector of pertussis (whooping cough)?

What is the vector of pertussis (whooping cough)?

Humans: Bordetella pertussis is strictly a human pathogen. ...Read more

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Do I need to get vaccinated against whooping cough?

Do I need to get vaccinated against whooping cough?

Yes!: Especially if you're around young children. If you're a healthy middle aged adult with pertussis (whooping cough) you might have a cough for a few weeks, but you'll live. If you pass whooping cough to a newborn. They can die. Do a google search for "baby with pertussis" and watch some videos. It's scary and sad. Get your tdap (tetanus and pertussis) booster today! ...Read more

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What can I do to breathe better with whooping cough?

What can I do to breathe better with whooping cough?

Get treated...: Also known as pertussis, treatment with Azithromycin will be important - this will decrease the duration of illness and contagiousness. Other treatment strategies such as epinephrine, steroids, and nebulizing treatments have not been consistently effective in getting people to breathe easier. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about whooping cough (pertussis)?

What can you tell me about whooping cough (pertussis)?

Respiratory tract: The germ targets the upper and lower respiratory tract. Early on there is just a runny nose and congestion, Over time it worsens, producing an outpouring of thick mucous that leads to the chronic cough.Affected infants can cough so hard they develop brain injury and or die during the process. Adults often have an intractable cough lasting 3 months or more. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a whooping cough to get over?

How long does it take for a whooping cough to get over?

UH BOY...: There is a reason why they used to call this disease the "100 day cough".
In my experience, it takes several weeks (2-4), sometimes longer. This is true despite all we do to try and make your infection go away. I've had patients who have fractured ribs from whooping cough... ...Read more

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How might you get whooping cough if you were immunized?

Waining immunity: Bacteria related vaccines like pertussis (whooping cough)& tetanus will generate immunity that is shorter in duration than some of the viral vaccines like measles.Before ~1992 we rarely gave the pertussis vaccine to anyone over 6 due shot reactions & side effects. Teens & adults were occasionally infected. Today the newer vaccine has less side effects &it is recommended for teens & adults. ...Read more

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What is the cure for whooping cough in general populaton?

What is the cure for whooping cough in general populaton?

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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Could a specialist please explain what whooping cough is?

Could a specialist please explain what whooping cough is?

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 can I do to better sleep when having whooping cough?

What can I do to better sleep when having whooping cough?

See below: (1) slow deep breathing exercise in morning and evening and prior to going to bed while sick.
(2) avoid cold water/drinks/ice. Use warm or hot liquids/teas.
(3) avoid banana, milk/milk products while sick.
(4) rx of whooping cough.
(5) symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhaler/advair/dulera inhaler may be used if asthmtic bronchits symptoms present if your md feels.
(6) sometime may take 4-6 weeks to improve. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics, steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...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