What Is Whooping Cough?
Pertussis or more commonly known as whooping cough is a highly infectious respiratory tract disease. Whooping comes from the ‘whoop’ sound that a person infected by this disease makes when he/ she breathes. Death due to whooping cough is very rare, however, if an infant is suffering from this disease, there is a high chance of demise. That is why it is advisable to get vaccinated against whooping cough if there is an infant in your home.
When a person is infected with whooping cough, it takes approximately 7 to 10 days for symptoms to show up. In some cases, it can take more than 10 days. The symptoms of whooping cough are similar to the common cold. Signs and symptoms of this disease are mild at first and with time get worse. Given below are some of the signs and symptoms of whooping cough:
Running noseCoughCongestion in the nasal passage Watery and red eyesFeverAccumulation of thick mucus around the airway VomitingFace turns blue or red FatigueWhile breathing, makes a high-pitched "whoop" sound
If you are facing any of the symptoms mentioned above, you should immediately book an appointment with your doctor to get proper consultation.