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8 Whooping Cough Symptoms You Might Overlook

What is whooping cough? Also known as pertussis, whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial infection characterized by a distinct whooping cough sound. Although babies are most in danger of getting whooping cough, adults can—and do—contract it. If you are experiencing whooping cough symptoms, seek medical attention and take precautions to avoid spreading your illness to others.


You make a “whooping” sound when you inhale

If you have an upper respiratory infection that you’ve been waiting out and your coughing ends with a high-pitched whooping sound, this is a clear sign that you have whooping cough. The whooping cough sound is distinct. Although not all adults have this symptom, it is present in some and should always be taken seriously.


You have uncontrollable coughing fits

If you experience uncontrollable coughing fits, you may have whooping cough. Although severe colds or other respiratory illnesses can also manifest in these coughing bouts, whooping cough symptoms include extreme coughing that feels impossible to stop. Here are other possible reasons for your chronic cough.


You’re recenlty been exposed to the whooping cough

Whooping cough is extremely contagious. If you have been experiencing other whooping cough symptoms and learn that you have contracted the illness, call your doctor immediately.


You vomit from coughing

Is your cough so severe that it ends with vomiting? This is a clear sign that you may have whooping cough and require medical attention.


You haven’t been vaccinated

Outbreaks of pertussis ebb and flow, so if you haven’t had a recent booster or were never vaccinated against whooping cough, call your doctor if you have whooping cough symptoms. The illness is highly contagious, and you may have been exposed to it without knowing.


You have thick mucus

Another one of the potential whooping cough symptoms is extremely thick mucus that is difficult to produce. If you have a cough which includes expelling thick mucus, you may have whooping cough. Here’s what your mucus says about your health.


Your cold won’t go away

Oftentimes, doctors will tell you that a common cold is a viral infection that must be treated with time and rest. But if you have been experiencing the symptoms of a common cold that will not go away and seems to become progressively worse after a couple of weeks, you may have whooping cough and require antibiotics. (Ask your doctor these questions about antibiotics any time you’re prescribed them.)


You are severely exhausted

Illness can be tiring. As your body fights infection, it requires extra energy to do so. But if you are experiencing severe exhaustion and not just mere tiredness, you may have whooping cough. Try these natural homemade cough remedies to ease the symptoms.

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