A highly contagious bacterial disease, Pertussis has symptoms that are quite similar to that of a common cold followed with runny nose and fever. However, unlike the usual symptoms that go away within a week or so, Pertussis continues to run for months with acute cases of cough fits in between. It is also called the 100 day cough as the coughing goes only post 10 weeks.
HOW IS PERTUSSIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Pertussis is done by a general physician who checks the above symptoms along with doing blood tests and X-rays.
HOW IS PERTUSSIS TREATED?
Treatment of Pertussis for infants requires hospitalization. For older children and adults, treatment can be carried out at home. Antibiotics are given for treating the infection. Family members of the affected patient may be given preventive antibiotics. Over the counter cough suppressants are ineffective for treating Pertussis
DID YOU KNOW?
There is a preventive vaccine available for pertussis and it is advised that children be given the same. Doing so minimises risks and reduces seriousness of the condition.