Symptoms of Whooping Cough
General information about symptoms of Whooping Cough: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Whooping Cough. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Whooping Cough. Furthermore, symptoms of Whooping Cough may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Whooping Cough.
List of symptoms of Whooping Cough: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Whooping Cough includes:
- Phase 1: Cold-like symptoms:
- Phase 2: Coughing spasms: - this is the dangerous phase of the disease.
- Coughing spasms - followed by the "whoop" breath intake.
- Rapid breath intake - the characteristic "whoop" noise
- Dry racking cough - in cases where the cough is not severe enough to "whoop".
- Breathing difficulties - all of these are serious, and are very dangerous for babies.
- Holding breath (infant) - in newborns with undeveloped cough reflex. Instead of coughing babies may appear to hold their breath. They may exhale too much and not inhale enough. Babies may turn blue instead of coughing.
- Non-breathing periods (apnea) - breathing stops for a period of coughing.
- Blue or purple (cyanosis) - an inadequate supply of oxygen to the body. Newborns might go blue without coughing.
- Convulsions - not enough oxygen to the brain can cause convulsions.
- Choking - the flem from the throat infection can interfere with breathing.
- Feeding difficulties - The cough also leaves little time to eat or drink. The act of feeding for an infant can also trigger a coughing fit, making it hard to feed an infant.
- Phase 3: Gradual recovery:
More symptoms of Whooping Cough: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Whooping Cough, underlying causes of Whooping Cough, associated conditions for Whooping Cough, risk factors for Whooping Cough, or other related conditions.
Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:
Last revision: June 26, 2003
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