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Whooping Cough

Whooping cough is a common bacterial infection. It is contagious and can be as mild as a cough to a severe disease. Close contact with mouth and nasal secretions is how the infection is spread. It can also be spread through hand contact with contaminated secretions, or by children and adults who have a cough caused by pertussis.

Signs or symptoms:

  • Cold-like symptoms
  • Whooping (high pitched crowing) sound when inhaling after a period of coughing
  • Coughing that may progress to severe coughing which may cause
    • Vomiting
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Cyanosis (i.e. blueness)

How to control it?

Whooping cough is a vaccine-preventable disease, although protection is incomplete and decreases over time after routine childhood immunization. Proper hand washing also helps to prevent infection. Prophylactic antibiotics are used for those that are close to the infected individual. If one has been around an infected individual, it is best to be tested for the infection. All infected individuals are to be excluded from others until the appropriate antibiotic treatment has been given.

Information on this site is intended for Angel Kids Pediatrics patients only. Always consult your doctor before beginning, modifying, or discontinuing any treatment plan.

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