What Is Whooping Cough?

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By james
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Reviewed: Dr. Mera
Jun 11, 2020
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Whooping cough can be quite a dramatic illness. It tends to affect infants, which is concerning for obvious reasons, and the symptoms can be very alarming. Thankfully, most people with the condition will make a full recovery.

It does tend to be long-lived, however, and it is even known as the cough of a hundred days in some parts of the world. It is treatable, but treatment is mostly used to hasten the elimination of the bacteria from the respiratory tract and to treat secondary bacterial infections.

1. Pertussis

Whooping cough, which is also known as pertussis, is a disease caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacterium. The bacterium affects the lining of the airways after it attaches itself at the cellular level. This leads to some very unwelcome symptoms that can be unpleasant for the patient and of concern for their loved ones. Usually, symptoms will continue even for some time after the bacterium has been eliminated from the body.

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