What You Need to Know About Whooping Cough

Complications Associated With Whooping Cough

Whooping cough complications are a major concern when a person develops the symptoms of pertussis, especially in children younger than 12 months of age.
 
Possible complications of whooping cough can include:
 

 

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How Is It Diagnosed?

In order to make a diagnosis, your doctor will ask a number of questions, perform a physical exam, and (in some cases) recommend certain tests. As part of diagnosing whooping cough, 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 considered to be at high risk for having 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 diagnosis include:
 
  • Nose or throat swab
  • Blood tests.

 

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Treatment Options

Whooping cough treatment typically involves antibiotics and supportive care, which involves providing relief of symptoms and complications as the body fights the infection. Preventive treatment is also recommended for any one who comes in close contact with the infected person.
 
People with whooping cough are advised to avoid contact with others, particularly infants and children.
 
(Click Whooping Cough Treatment for more information on treatments for whooping cough.)
 
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