What procedur is used to diagnois whooping cough for adults?

Nasopharyngeal swab. Pcr testing for whooping cough (pertussis) is taken from a nasopharyngeal (back of nose) specimen. It is obtained with a nasal wash or dacron swab and submitted to the appropriate lab.

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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...

What is it like to have whooping cough as a child or adult? Details please?

Pertussis. The CDC covers this very well. Adults get a much more mild infection. That is why immunization is so very important, for infants. The adult with pertussis may think they only have a cold. New recommendations, also, are for adults to be immunized for pertussis, when they get their tetanus booster. http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/ Read more...

I had whooping cough as an adult. Do I need to immunized?

Transient immunity. Whooping cough at best confers a patient with 5-10 years worth of protective antibody. Like tetanus & diphtheria, you need to receive boosters to stay protected. Before 1992, boosters were seldom given >6yrs due to vaccine side effects in older patients.The present vaccine is so well tolerated at any age, the tdap booster is recommended for adults every 10 yrs rather than tetanus or dt. Read more...

I am curious if an adult had the whooping cough vaccine and test positive?

Confusing question. An adult can test positive for pertussis after receiving the normal childhood pertussis vaccines.The immunity to the childhood series can weaken over time & today many adults get the tdap (acellular pertussis with tetanus & diphtheria booster) to reduce their risk of bring pertussis home to a newborn. Read more...

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...
Very much so. The old whole cell whooping cough vaccine has so many side effects it was never given after age 6 & by their teen years, many became vulnerable.For years teens were our largest group of new cases. The new acellular pertussis vaccine became available in the mid 1990's but was not in wide use in older teens or adults until after 2000. No vaccine within 10 years=vulnerable. Read more...

What is whooping cough?

Pertussis. A godawful disease that was once part of almost every childhood. Before antibiotics and immunizations, expect 4-8 weeks of constant coughing, so bad one must "whoop" to get in enough air between coughs. Children choked to death or died of ruptured veins in the brain. It's still very much around, kills youngsters and can affect adults whose immunizations have worn off. Read more...
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...