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I had whooping cough as a child. I have been coughing (barking sound) for the past 3 days, producing green secretions. Do I need to see Dr?

I had whooping cough as a child. I have been coughing (barking sound) for the past 3 days, producing green secretions. Do I need to see Dr?

Probably infection: Your whooping cough and current cough have no real relationship
Recently there have been many several cases of viral respiratory bronchitis that developed into a secondary bacterial infection causing one to produce greenish yellow secretions. Often adults may not have a fever but the cough does have a barking quality. If you have secreations inform your doctor. You may need to be treated wi t ...Read more

Whooping Sound (Definition)

Coughing followed by a "whooping" sound is a symptom meaning a person is coughing so frequently that he does not have enough time in between coughs to take a normal breath. When he finally has the chance to breathe, he breathes in air so fast that he makes a whooping sound. Pertussis (whooping cough) can cause ...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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Child makes whooping sound when inhaling but does not have the cough, is that a symptom of whooping cough?

Child makes whooping sound when inhaling but does not have the cough, is that a symptom of whooping cough?

Whooping cough: Yes absolutely. But it can also be croup. Go straight to the pediatrician's office asap. If they are having difficulty breathing, go straight to the er now. ...Read more

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My one month old baby has a whooping sound without cough for 2 weeks duration, I notice that after this sound as if something irritating her throat.?

My one month old baby has a whooping sound without cough for 2 weeks duration, I notice that after this sound as if something irritating her throat.?

Likely a weak airway: Some infants can develop a rather worrisome breathing pattern that make a lot of noise from their rubbery airways. Some have an airway that is more rubbery than normal & make a crowing sound as they inhale & or exhale. I would have this checked out by your doc early next week. ...Read more

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Is it weird to make a whooping sound?

Is it weird to make a whooping sound?

"Weird"?: It might be surprising, if you're not expecting a "whoop" to come out of you when it does -- and could possibly feel weird. The question is whether these are voluntary "whoops", which can express joy or excitement, or involuntary ones. If it's the latter, it may be a type of tic disorder. And if this troubles you, you could consult with your primary care doctor, or a psychiatrist. Good luck. ...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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My 6 week old daughter has been making a whooping sound since birth, mainly when she gets excited. No coughing is involved. But is this normal?

My 6 week old daughter has been making a whooping sound since birth, mainly when she gets excited. No coughing is involved. But is this normal?

Rubbery airways: Infants have airways that are very flexible that become stiffer as they age. In some this is quite noticeable, particularly if excited as they draw air in and vibrate the walls. The squeak or croup can increase after birth as the become more active but tends to fade after 6 mo. An evaluation by an ENT that can visualize the airway can confirm the issue. ...Read more

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My one week old daughter just coughed should I be concerned? It didn't have a whooping sound nor did it sound like a smokers cough. No high temperature

My one week old daughter just coughed should I be concerned? It didn't have a whooping sound nor did it sound like a smokers cough. No high temperature

Babies cough: And sneeze, and make all kinds of noises. I understand, especially with new parents, that anything out of the ordinary can be scary, but a cough can occur with a temporary aspiration of saliva. If it is persistent, if the baby has a temperature, if there are breathing problems, then see your pediatrician. If not, enjoy your baby more and worry less! ...Read more

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My son started coughing real bad and he coughs till he throws up. Nights are worse, he'll cough non stop. Does this sound like whooping cough?

My son started coughing real bad and he coughs till he throws up. Nights are worse, he'll cough non stop. Does this sound like whooping cough?

Could be: Anyone having a coughing fit can cough until they throw up - the medical term is vomiting after coughing - post tussive vomiting. If your child is not fully vaccinated, please check in with your doctor right away. Whooping cough coughs long and hard - and you may not hear the characteristic "whoop.". It is very contagious. ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, whooping sound when breathing and very sore throats and I have had it for 3 weeks?

I am experiencing cough (quality: barky, hoarse, or hacking sounds, whooping sound when breathing and very sore throats and I have had it for 3 weeks?

Cough: Cough which is lasting for 3 weeks needs to be looked at. Whooping sound raises possibility of pertusis. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have post nasal drip a chest pain and a cough from the centre of my chest in deep a whooping sound - could it be TB I previously worked with homelss?

I have post nasal drip a chest pain and a cough from the centre of my chest in deep a whooping sound - could it be TB I previously worked with homelss?

Cough? TB: Hi ~ of course possible ~ highly unlikely. Its not easy to get TB if you healthy, not living in CLOSE confines of a CONFIRMED case. Whooping you could have one of the other whooping coughs There's 3: bordetella pertussis - u were vaccinated for sure, 2. bordetella parapertussis - u could have that and 3. bordetella bronchiesepticum, unlikely since its vetinary. Viruses make u whoop too ...Read more

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Hacking/"whooping sound"/breathingnoisy/sneezing/belching/jaw pain, got a whooping vaccine too?

Hacking/"whooping sound"/breathingnoisy/sneezing/belching/jaw pain, got a whooping vaccine too?

See your doctor: You need to see your doctor. I can't tell you what is going on with you. Only your doctor can after you have a exam. Even though you had a vaccination there are still other diseases that you can get. So get to, the doctor and get treated. ...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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My son is 13 months, he has had his flu and dtap vaccine...Is it still possible for him to have what sounds like whooping cough or is it croup?

My son is 13 months, he has had his flu and dtap vaccine...Is it still possible for him to have what sounds like whooping cough or is it croup?

Both possible: The vaccine provides good but not total protection from pertussis. If you are in an area where it has been found in the day care centers it is worth testing. The vaccine protects your kid from a severe case. The wc produces a continuous cough like a machine gun followed by a deep whoop (late in the illness).Croup seldom has more than 1-3 coughs before sounding like a seal bark. See your doc for eval. ...Read more

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A 4yr old has a cough and now sound like a "seal". Can this be whooping cough? Sneezing since tuesday. Mild cough then, but seems to have progressed. Slight chills, along with a sore throat. Seems very sleepy today.

A 4yr old has a cough and now sound like a "seal". Can this be whooping cough? Sneezing since tuesday. Mild cough then, but seems to have progressed. Slight chills, along with a sore throat. Seems very sleepy today.

More: More likely the child is suffering from croup. Croup is caused by swelling of larynx, which is due to a viral infection, such as parainfluenza virus.
Whooping cough has a typical whoop, which a prolonged sighing like sound at the end of a cough spell. Whooping cough last for many weeks.
Powlin v. Manuel md, mba, ms. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are babies vaccinated against whooping cough when they are a few months old?

To avoid death: The newborn will not develop protective antibodies to whooping cough if immunized at birth & maternal antibodies are usually weak. However, it begins to have that ability by 6-8 weeks when the first vaccine is given. Whooping cough fatalities are >60% in infants under 6 months of age. The young can develop progressive respiratory distress & cough hard enough to have a stroke. You shouldn't wait. ...Read more

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For what reason are babies vaccinated against whooping cough when they are a few months old?

For what reason are babies vaccinated against whooping cough when they are a few months old?

To avoid death: Antibodies derived from mom during pregnancy are thought to interfere with a babies ability to make active antibodies before 6-8 weeks when we start most vaccines. The pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is started at 6-8 wks to start building protection. Pertussis is most deadly to infants. More than 60% of fatalities are under 6 months of age and 80% under a year. ...Read more

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Are babies more likely to contract whooping cough if they have the vaccination?

Are babies more likely to contract whooping cough if they have the vaccination?

No: Actually babies under 6 mo of age that have not been vaccinated represent the age group most likely to die from the disease. The vaccine was synthesized in the lab and contains no living material. It does stimulate the body to make protective antibodies that can prevent baby from getting whooping cough. ...Read more

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Does the whooping cough vaccine transmit to infant through breastmilk?

Does the whooping cough vaccine transmit to infant through breastmilk?

No: In order to give the infant protection from the vaccine being given to you, it would have to have been given while the baby was inside, in utero. Now, the baby can get immunity through his/her own vaccination only. Of course, you and any caregiver who comes in close contact with baby should have updated vaccine. That is, anyone holding the baby. ...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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Could my baby have whooping cough if he was exposed two weeks ago?

Yes: Yes, symptoms of whooping cough develop after a typical incubation period of 7 to 10 days (range: 5 to 21 days). Initially symptoms are similar to a common cold, but then progress to significant paroxysms of cough which are notable for an inspiratory "whoop". Symptoms slowly resolve over weeks. The classic illness generally lasts 6-10 weeks. Routine childhood immunization is the best protection. ...Read more

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Should I worry if my baby was exposed to the whooping cough two weeks ago?

Whooping cough: There is little chance that your baby can develop whooping cough if your baby has received the 3 injections of the dtap vaccine by the time s/he is 6 months old.
This will be a good time for all children and adults in the household to get their boosters. ...Read more

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Whooping Cough (Definition)

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