What’s All the “Whoop” about Whooping Cough?

What’s all the “whoop” about whooping cough?  Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, used to be primarily a childhood illness.  However, in recent years, whooping cough is on the rise among teens, young adults, and adults.  One of the theories behind this rise is the lesser effectiveness of the new pertussis vaccine.  While the side effects of the newer vaccine are also less than the older vaccine, the longevity of the vaccine is shorter.

Whooping cough symptoms are different in children and adult. Whooping cough treatment is generally symptom relief.  Early symptoms of whooping cough in adults and children include sneezing, runny nose, and coughing.  Children often make a “whooping” sound when catching their breath after a long coughing episode.  Whooping cough affects children worse than adults.  The vaccine is the best form of prevention.

Pertussis cough can last for a long time – at least two weeks – and can last for months.  Some experts estimate that 10% to 30% of long-lasting coughs in adults are due to whooping cough.  If you have a cough that won’t go away, it is very important for a Cough Doctor to identify the specific cause of your cough.  Dr. Mandel Sher is a Cough Doctor.  Cough treatment should NOT be a cookie cutter approach.  To optimize efficacy, Cough treatment must be targeted to the specific cause of your cough.

Contact Dr. Mandel Sher at Center for Cough: 727-393-8067. www.centerforcough.com

Dr. Mandel Sher is an internationally recognized Cough Doctor.  Dr. Sher will accurately identify the cause(s) and trigger(s) of your cough and help you get cough relief or cough resolution through an integrated and innovative approach.  Dr. Mandel Sher’s approach is based in traditional, evidence-based medicine.  It is Dr. Sher’s and the Center for Cough’s team approach to listening to each patient’s cough story, reviewing relevant medical history, and putting the cough puzzle pieces together that produce remarkable results.  Over 8 out of 10 cough patients treated by Dr. Mandel Sher and the Center for Cough demonstrate a measurable reduction in cough frequency and cough intensity and report an overall improvement in the quality of life.