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Old 01-06-2009, 05:28 PM   #1
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Whooping Cough

Is anyone familiar with Whooping Cough?...I've done a little research and see that it is coming back and that they have a vaccine for adults now. If you are anyone you know has ever had it, please write and tell us about your experience. I'm freaking out...thinking this may be what I have.

 
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:06 PM   #2
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Re: Whooping Cough

Hi, AlisaBeth . . . I did have it when I was about nine years old (I am 52 now).

What I remember of it was the doctor gave me some medication to take (most likely antibiotics) and I was out of school for a week.

The most memorable part of it was like having bronchitis but when you cough, you make sort of an odd sound like the name says, a whoop. In my situation, I also would sometimes throw up whatever I ate after coughing.

I did not have any rash or extremely high fever with it.

I would also be interested to hear of anyone else with experience with it.

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Old 01-06-2009, 07:07 PM   #3
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LindaRu...Thanks for sharing your story. I always assumed whooping cough was a childhood disease that you got vacinated for to keep from gettin git. I'm learning that the shot only last maximum of 10 years and that all adults now should get vacinated for it since it's making a come back. My dad..he's 73, had it when he was in first grade and it almost killed him.

 
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Re: Whooping Cough

Pertussis is actually increasing in frequency of occurance again. I always thought I was protected because I was vaccinated when I was younger. They have now found that that isn't the case. That is why they now have second vaccines for children and the adult vaccines.

I got Pertussis (Whooping Cough) a couple years ago. Ironically I was treated with the antibiotics for a chronic sinus infection before the Pertussis was diangosed so there wasn't really anything more they could do for me after I was diagnosed.

Whooping cough is call the 100 days cough. It takes a long time to run its course. It wore my body down so much that I actually picked up a couple other things at the same time. It was a loooong 4 months.

My experience with Whooping Cough involved a chronic dry cough that was constant. I would cough so hard that I couldn't catch my breath, my stomach muscles and ribs hurt and sometimes I actually vomited. It didn't have a 'whooping' sound. It isn't usually present in adults. It is just a constant horrible experience. It is awful when you can't breathe. When I first got it, they thought my sinus infection had flared my asthma. I was treated for those until they realized that in addition to the sinus infection and asthma flare-up, I had also developed the Pertussis. They did a blood test first. It came back inconclusive which sometimes happens because of previous vaccines. I then had a special nasal swab test (with a very long swab). This test came back positive. As I said before, I had already received the antibiotics so additional treatment wasn't needed. Cough medicines really didn't work. I did take some codeine meds at one time just because I couldn't get much sleep due to the coughing. Towards the end of the 4 months, the coughing started to taper and it eventually died away.

After being diagnosed, I received a call from the Health Department. This is one of the diseases that they are required to track.

By the way, I had this when I was 36. I've had no reprecutions from having had this.

 
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Re: Whooping Cough

I had whooping cough when I was a small child, very bad case.

Last year (age 73) I had whooping cough and pneumonia. My immunity did not last a life time .

Thought at first allergy had hit real hard. Started feeling like allergy and kept getting worse rapidly. This started on Thursday night and by early Monday I was at the doctor's office with very high fever and "whooping", coughing big time.

Best to see a doctor and get treatment, it can be very serious.

 
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Re: Whooping Cough

To add to what I went through after the week of confinement at home, I do seem to remember that I was excused for quite a while from physical education due to the activity causing me to cough.

After weeks of this, my doctor gave me these beige colored pills to dissolve under my tongue which was supposed to help suppress the cough somehow. He also advised that I would need to get back into more physical activity or my lungs could be impaired. I needed to expand them by exercise.

He believed at that time that I would have a life time immunity. Cannot remember if I was vaccinated for it before I got it, but it would not surprise me. I got the measles from the measles vaccine and likewise with the chicken pox.

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My doctor told me that having Whooping Cough did not give you future immunity. She said that I would need the immunization for that. Unfortunately, because the CDC hasn't recommended it as a regular immunization, it isn't covered by my insurance.

 
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