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.

Common symptoms reported by people with whooping cough

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with whooping cough

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zithromax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
whooping cough (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Benadryl)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cortef)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Motrin Prescription)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidoderm)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)

Data from patients with whooping cough, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with whooping cough

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Nature's Bounty Melatonin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood delayed sleep phase syndrome 3 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zithromax)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
whooping cough (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Benadryl)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cortef)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Motrin Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Lidoderm)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with whooping cough, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has whooping cough on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 15
30s 15
40s 10
50s 5
60s 3
70+ 5
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 7
20-29 years 1
30-39 years 2
40-49 years 2
50-59 years 0
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

44% Female
56% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 18
Not Diagnosed 9

These charts show data from whooping cough patients who have completed their condition history
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