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CoughWhooping cough is also known as pertussis. It is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection that is obvious by a severe cough which is usually followed by a whooping sound. The whooping sound is the high-pitched breath intake.

Whooping cough was a childhood disease. But after the vaccine came to existence, the cases have all but disappeared. Now children too young to have received the full course of the vaccine and teenagers or adults whose immunity has faded. Children who do not take the vaccine are susceptible to the disease.

The whooping cough can also result in deaths among infants. Though this is rare. Which is why anyone in contact with a young child especially their parents should be vaccinated.

Here are the symptoms of Whooping Cough:

Symptoms take about 7 to 10 days to manifest after infection. In some cases, it might take longer. Since at first the symptoms might resemble that of a common cold, whooping cough is ignored by parents until it is too late.

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Fever
  • Cough

    Coughing little girl at the doctor - respiratory system diseases in childhood
    Coughing little girl at the doctor – respiratory system diseases in childhood

The symptoms worsen after one or two weeks.

  • Thick mucus accumulates inside your airways
  • causing uncontrollable coughing
  • Provoke vomiting
  • Result in a red or blue face
  • Cause extreme fatigue
  • End with a high-pitched “whoop” sound during the next breath of air

Sometimes a hacking cough is the only sign of the infection and the characteristic whoop sound doesn’t develop. Some infants only have difficulty breathing and do not cough at all.

Call your doctor if prolonged coughing spells cause you or your child to Vomit, turn red or blue, seem to be struggling to breathe or have noticeable pauses in breathing or Inhale with a whooping sound.Cough

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