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How do doctors diagnose whooping cough?

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Your doctor can check you for whooping cough with a simple nasal swab test. Whooping cough is caused by a bacteria and should be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics may ease your symptoms and prevent spread, especially if you take them during the first few weeks of the cough.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Vaccines and Immunizations," "Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccines: What You Need to Know."

eMedicine: "Pertussis."

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on February 8, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Vaccines and Immunizations," "Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccines: What You Need to Know."

eMedicine: "Pertussis."

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on February 8, 2019

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