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Whopping cough

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 9, 2007
  • 05:07 AM

I work with a women who has had a persistent cough for several months, she is under the care of an MD for whopping cough. She has been treated with antibiotics, cough syrups etc, she also has asthma. My question is.....I thought whopping cough was contagious....am I and my co-workers at risk for catching this? She says No we are not but we all are keeping our distance.

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  • After 7-10 days, they usually aren't contagious, plus if you had all your vaccines as a child, you are covered (Dtap). Is it really whooping cough though? This is very rare, almost irradicated. Whooping cough is characterized by a continuous cough with inspiration having a whooping sound. Usually they can't breathe, let alone work.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 9, 2007
    • 07:40 PM
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  • Some adults can have whooping cough that just manifests itself as a chronic cough, the serious form is more commonly found in children.It is infectious for 21 days approximately.
    chrismia 159 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 02:57 PM
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  • My friend has been coughing for 3 months now and anti biotics haven't done anything she is beginning to suffer from migraines also. My question is does anyone know how to treat this as she is becoming very tired and depressed??
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 10, 2007
    • 07:40 PM
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  • Both my teens had whopping cough last christmas. I was told it is the most contagious before it breaks out, since it always starts as a regular cold about a week or two before the coughing starts. I was also told that most people who's vacinations have worn out have actually had it and are therefore immune to it for most of their lives. You do need to stay away from babies and elderly tho. Hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 16, 2007
    • 05:15 AM
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  • My husband was just diagnosed with whopping cough 12/12/08. It started with a mild sore throat, chills and fever then progressed quickly to a strong, unproductive cough. After two weeks of misdiagnosis, four antibiotics, cough suppressants, strong narcotics and 2 trips to the ER, a diagnosis was finally made. Blood tests were done to confirm whopping cough and the results came back at a very high level. My husband is 36 years old with a supressed immune system so that could be the reason he developed the disease so quickly. The doctors say it may take 2 more weeks to get out of his system. The coughing is terrible and only stops with codiene for an hour or two. This disease is making a come back and has reached epedimic proportions in some states. I would suggest everyone getting a booster if possible.
    KentuckyWoman 2 Replies
    • December 12, 2008
    • 08:20 PM
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