The Whooping Cough By: Ethan Zahn

Overview Statement

At first, this tricky pretender might seem like a common cold—runny nose, fever, and cough. That's stage one, when pertussis is just warming up. After a week or two,pertussis infection delivers its cruel surprise—extreme coughing spells. In these fits,people can literally cough so hard and long that they throw up or turn blue because they can't breathe.

Causes

Whooping cough is caused by an infection by a bacterium known as Bordetella pertussis. The bacteria attach to the lining of the airways in the upper respiratory system and release toxins that lead to inflammation and swelling.

Signs/Symptoms

Cough: can be chronic or severe Nasal: congestion, runny nose, or sneezing Whole body: fatigue or fever Also common: paroxysmal cough, episodes of no breathing, vomiting, or watery eyes

Treatment

Medications, Antibiotics, Dtap vaccine, Supportive care, Monitoring for changes or improvement, Specialists, Primary care provider, (PCP) and Pediatrician

Pevention

Some varieties of the every-10-year tetanus and diphtheria vaccine also include protection against whooping cough (pertussis). This vaccine will also reduce the risk of your transmitting whooping cough to infants.

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