There are 6 signs that you have deadly whooping cough, especially in babies and young children. You probably did not know them, especially since they are not related to the cough, per se, but they announce the installation of a particularly serious health situation.
6 Signs You Have Deadly Whooping Cough You Didn’t Know How does it manifest itself?
A cough that involves coughing is, of course, easy to recognize. You cough and you know something is wrong, especially if you have other symptoms.
The much more difficult situation occurs when some symptoms have nothing to do with the cough, it not being present. However, they can indicate a possible onset of deadly whooping cough.
It’s the season of colds, flu and viruses, and coughing is part of the “arsenal” of these diseases. The issue of deadly whooping cough has been put on the back burner with more attention as cases of the bacterial infection are on the rise in England and Wales.
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Here, approximately 716 people were considered infected between July and November of this year.
That figure is nearly triple the 217 recorded during the same period in 2022, prompting health officials to urge parents to vaccinate their children.
Suzanne Hartwell, from Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council in the West Midlands – which has seen a rise in cases – said expectant mothers could also protect their unborn babies by getting the shot at their GP for free, write The Sun.
“It’s really worrying to see that the number of cases of whooping cough has risen again regionally, especially when it has resulted in some babies being hospitalized,” Hartwell said.
“The disease can be prevented. I would urge everyone to help protect children by vaccinating when required,” she added.
Whooping cough – medically known as pertussis – is an infection that affects the lungs and breathing tubes.
The bacteria can spread very easily and cause serious problems, so it’s important that children and babies are vaccinated, according to the NHS (UK National Health Service).
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Early signs of whooping cough do not necessarily show the cough or whooping cough components of the disease.
Instead, children are likely to suffer from cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose or sore throat.
A high temperature is not common.
The 6 symptoms of whooping cough that have nothing to do with coughing:
“runny” nose; sore throat; bluing of the skin; vomiting: flushing; convulsions.
After about a week, the bacteria causes the coughing fits and coughing sounds that give the disease its name.
Coughing can bring up thick mucus, which can make children sick, and adults can get red in the face.
Children may also experience breathing difficulties that cause their skin to turn blue or gray, especially if they are very young.
If your or your child’s lips, tongue, face or skin suddenly turn blue or grey, call 112 or go to the Emergency Room immediately.
You should also do this if you or your child have trouble breathing, have chest pain that gets worse when you breathe or cough, or have seizures.
Symptoms can last for several weeks or even months and you should make an urgent appointment with your GP if your baby is less than six months old and has symptoms.
If you or your child has a very bad cough that is getting worse, or if you are pregnant or have a weakened immune system and have been in contact with someone who has this illness, you should also ask for an urgent appointment.
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The disease can be dangerous, causing problems such as dehydration, breathing difficulties, pneumonia and seizures in babies under six months of age.
It is less serious in older children and adults, but can cause rib pain, hernias, ear infections and urinary incontinence.
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