Whooping Cough

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What is Whooping Cough?

Pertussis or whooping cough is a contagious bacterial disease that causes violent and uncontrollable coughing, making it hard to breathe. The name comes from the 'whooping' sound a patient makes when trying to breathe.

What is it like to have Whooping Cough?

Common symptoms How bad it is What people are taking for it
Clonazepam, Jaw (orthognathic) Surgery
Morphine Sulfate ER, Ibuprofen, Upper GI Series
Naps, Walking Stick/Cane

What do patients take to treat Whooping Cough and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members Perceived effectiveness Overall rating of side effects # of Evaluations

(Teva Azithromycin, AzaSite, Zithromax Z-Pak, Azithromycin 5 Day Dose Pack)


(Erythrocin, Zineryt)


(Clarithro250, Biaxin XL, Biaxin)


These charts show data from Whooping Cough patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Whooping Cough on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 42 patients have this condition
  • 1 new patients joined this month
  • 29 say Whooping Cough is their primary condition

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 11
30s 7
40s 7
50s 3
60s 2
70+ 1


Distribution of females vs. males

34% Females
66% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 6
20-29 years 1
30-39 years 1
40-49 years 1
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 11
Not Diagnosed 8

These charts show data from Whooping Cough patients who have completed their condition history
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