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.

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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...

I have an extreme cough. Is it whooping cough? How can you tell that from regular bronchitis?

Requires culture of. Secretions from nasopharynx to make a positive identification. A good number of adults and teenagers are actually experiencing whooping cough instead of "bronchitis" while they are having prolonged cough. It's no surprise that adults and tennagers are the main source for the whooping cough in infants. Read more...
Not likely. Children in us are vaccinated against whooping cough. The cough has a peculiar sound- whoooop. Read more...

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...

I am 30w pregnant, just had my flu + pneumonia shots. The p.A. Recommended for me the dtap shot for whooping cough too. Should I get it?

It is safe. It is safe and important in protecting you from contracting pertussis.. You will get the tdap vaccine which is the version of for all older than 7 years old. Dtap is the version for younger children. Pertussis is an illness that can be serious in very young infants. Although pertussis immunization starts at 2 mos of age, babies need at least 3 shots in the series to have protection. Read more...
CDC. In the third trimester, the CDC recommends the vaccination: http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/pregnant/mom/get-vaccinated.html. Read more...

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...