What is whooping cough?
Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacteria. This is why whooping cough is also known as Pertussis.
What causes whooping cough?
Whooping cough is caused by a bacterial infection, otherwise known as a virus.
If a person with whooping cough sneezes, laughs, or coughs small droplets that contain the bacteria may fly through the air. You might get sick when you breathe in the droplets.
Pertussis, or whooping cough, very contagious disease caused by bacteria. The bacteria attaches itself to the cilia which lines the upper part of the respiratory system. The bacteria releases toxins (poisons) which damage the cilia and cause inflammation of the airways.
Signs/Symptoms of Whooping Cough
At first, it might seem like a common cold at first: runny nose, fever, nasal congestion, red/watery eyes, and a slight cough. Signs/symptoms may worsen in a week or two and take ten days to appear. Thick mucus is in your nasal cavities causing uncontrollable coughing. This also may provoke vomiting, may have a red or blue face, cause extreme fatigue, and end up with a high pitched "whooping" sound.
If doctors diagnose whooping cough early enough, they can put the patient on antibiotics. The antibiotics cut down on the coughing and prevent the infection from spreading to others.
The main way to prevent yourself from getting whooping cough is to get vaccinated when you are a young child. Getting the three doses prevent you from getting it in your adult life.