Frequently Asked Questions
1. What causes whooping cough?
Whooping cough is caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria. These bacteria attach themselves to the cilia (tiny hair-like extensions) that line the upper respiratory system.
2. What are the stages of whooping cough?
The sickness is divided into three stages: catarrhal, paroxysmal, and convalescent. Pertussis has a 7 to 10-day incubation period. The first stage of the disease, known as the catarrhal stage, has minor symptoms that may go undiagnosed or be confused with the common cold or influenza.
3. How severe is whooping cough in adults?
Whooping cough can continue for up to ten weeks and cause pneumonia and other consequences. The symptoms of whooping cough can be mistaken with those of other illnesses. Always seek medical advice before taking any medication.
4. Does whooping cough only happen at night?
The whooping cough becomes more severe and occurs more frequently at night. It may prevent you from sleeping.
5. Do you cough up mucus with whooping cough?
Yes, the mucus may become more productive with some phlegm over the course of a few days.
6. Is whooping cough a wet or a dry infection?
After one to two weeks, the dry cough transforms into a wet cough with thick, stringy mucous.
7. Is there any home remedy for whooping cough?
Home remedies might give temporary relief from symptoms but cannot offer a permanent cure. It's always advisable to consult a doctor for proper treatment.