Whooping Cough also known as Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable aggressive coughing. The coughing is so loud that that’s where the name Whooping came from because of the deep sound often heard when one tries to take a breath. The coughing can make it hard to breathe at times do to the bacteria clogging up the throat.
It seems that this winter Whooping cough is making a comeback as far as the medical industry is concerned. There have been many reviews and a good amount of blogs written over the past few weeks due to the matter. Most medical officials say that if caught at an early stage it can definitely be prevented. The cough is mainly noticed in children and the elderly.
Some of the initial symptoms of the disease are very similar to the common cold.
- Runny nose
- Slight fever
However the disease also has severe coughing moments that can start about 10 to 12 days later.
It is very unfortunate yet in some cases the cough attacks may lead to vomiting or a short loss of consciousness and dizziness. Pertussis should always be considered when vomiting occurs with the coughing. The worst case would be in infants because than choking comes into play. The cough is much more sever and detrimental than a normal cough and at an early stage is can be difficult to differentiate between the two.
The best way to prevent such a thing is to go see a doctor if you begin to feel sick and have a minot cough. According to the Centers for Disease Control aka CDC and Prevention’s website the United States has seen more than 32,000 cases of Whooping Cough and 16 deaths have resulted from the disease in the past few years.
The have an immunization developed to help cure or fight against the disease that is known as vaccine DTap which is an acronym for diphtheria tetanus and pertussis. This vaccine is normally given in five cycles. The first three cycles children at 2, 4 and 6 months of age usually receive. The fourth dose is given to children between 15 and 18 months. And the fifth and final dosage is given to patients between 4 to 6 years old. For adults and children 11 + years of age the Tdap booster is recommended for continued prevention.
So be sure to stay fit, eat healthy, hydrate and stay warm this winter.
Sanitizers are always recommended with lots of exercise and a good source of nutrition to keep the body happy healthy and running smoothly.
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