I just found out I have whooping cough "pertussis" how did I get this and how can I ease the coughing?

TREAT PERTUSSIS. You probably contracted it from an adult coughing in public. 'whooping cough" is an infection caused by the bacteria, bordetella pertussis. We have had several epidemics in idaho and the west coast lately. Thought of as a childhood illness it has 'made a come back' and now infects adults. The treatment is antibiotics. Prevention is the key: everyone over 19 should get a dtap shot! cough meds help.
Contacts. Studies demonstrate that as many as 75% of pertussis come from underimmunized family members.Only symptomatic relif helps such as a prescription cough medicine.This is a conclusive reason why immunizations for all ages is important.
Weak immune/exposed. Most older adults, if immunized as a child, have minimal resistance to pertussis.The pre '92 vaccine was harsh with >>side effects as u got >6 so boosters were seldom given, leading to sporadic cases in teens & adults.Now we have tdap now recommended adults instead of just a tetanus booster. The "100 days" cough is aided by many anti-tussives but persists long after abx are finished.

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How does whooping cough / pertussis enter your body and what does it do to you?

Pertussis. Pertussis is extremely contagious and when a person inhales aerosol droplets in the air from a cough/sneeze at close range from an infected person, the chance of infection is high. This bacteria colonize the cells lining the airways and attaches to the cilia (small projections) and there is release of pertussis toxin and tracheal toxin damaging the airway leading to most of the symptoms. Read more...

My sons cough is very bad and was wondering could this be whooping cough or pertussis?

Would need to test. Vaccination for pertussis is included in the immunizations given at 2, 4, 6, and 15 months, with a booster at 4-6 years. How old is your son and is he up to date on his immunizations? Pertussis can be a very serious infection and outbreaks occur due to under-immunization. If his cough sounds bad or he is acting ill, take him to his doctor and mention your concerns. Read more...
See your doctor if.. A cough present for several weeks with difficulty catching his breath or turning red/purple in the face while coughing, needs evaluated. The classic whooping sound , of course is a clue. Read more...
Many conditions. It could be pertussis, even if he has been vaccinated. There are several conditions including asthma, aspiration and CF in addition to infections which can cause a bad cough. I would suggest checking his temperature, keeping him well hydrated and taking a recording of his cough to your physician or uploading for a virtual consult. Read more...