Whooping Cough Diagnosis
In suspected cases of whooping cough, diagnosis typically includes a review of the patient's medical history, a physical exam, and (in some cases) certain tests. As part of diagnosing whooping cough (also known as pertussis), the doctor will also rule out other illnesses, such as the common cold, flu, and bronchitis. Tests used to help make a whooping cough diagnosis may include a nose or throat swab and blood tests.
In order to make a whooping cough diagnosis, your doctor will most likely ask a number of questions, perform a physical exam, and recommend certain tests. As part of diagnosing whooping cough (also known as pertussis), the doctor will also rule out other causes of possible whooping cough symptoms, such as the common cold, flu, and bronchitis.
If you or your child is determined to be at high risk for whooping cough, your healthcare provider may recommend certain lab tests. Laboratory tests to diagnose whooping cough may be useful with young infants, atypical cases, and cases modified by pertussis vaccine.
Tests that may be used to help in making a whooping cough diagnosis include:
- Nose or throat swab
- Blood tests.