Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Learn About Pertussis
Pertussis is a highly contagious disease. The classic sign of pertussis is a "whooping" sound made after an episode of violent coughing, giving it the common name, "whooping cough."
Pertussis Symptoms and Diagnosis
Pertussis symptoms start similar to many other respiratory infections and get progressively worse for several weeks. Even if you have all of the signs and symptoms of pertussis, your doctor will likely order a laboratory test to confirm it.
Pertussis Treatment and Prevention
Once a diagnosis of pertussis is made, antibiotic therapy should start as soon as possible. This can help reduce severity, duration and the risk of complications, particularly in infants.
Questions for Your Doctor About Pertussis
If you suspect you or your child has whooping cough, you may have questions for your doctor on how to best treat it. This list will help you get the most out of your visit.