WHOOPING COUGH

Description

  • also called pertussis
  • contagious bacterial infection of the lungs and airways.

Symptoms

  1. vomiting
  2. blue or purple skin around the mouth
  3. dehydration
  4. low-grade fever
  5. breathing difficulties
  6. Runny nose
  7. Nasal congestion
  8. Red, watery eyes
  9. Cough

Causes

  1. caused by bacteria
  2. tiny germ-laden droplets

Risk factors

  • children
  • previous infection
  • vaccination wears off

Diagnostic Tests

  • nose/thraot culture,test
  • X-ray of chest
  • blood test

Treatments

  • antibiotics
  • pain killers
  • intravenous (IV) fluids for dehydration

Medication

  • vaccinations
  • boosters
  • paracetamol
  • ibuprofen

Prevention

  • vaccines
  • boosters
  • Cover your or your child’s mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing.
  • Dispose of used tissues immediately.
  • Wash your and your child’s hands regularly with soap and water.