Whooping Cough Directory
Whooping cough is a very contagious respiratory infection disease caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria. The disease usually starts with cold symptoms but then leads to severe coughing spells, which can last for many weeks or even months. It is called whooping cough because most people makes a "whoop" sound when trying to take a breath after coughing; this is due to all the air being forced out of the lungs. Whooping cough can lead to serious illness and death. It is especially severe among young babies. A vaccine can help prevent whooping cough. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how whooping cough is contracted, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Whooping Cough: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention
WebMD explains whooping cough (also known as pertussis), a bacterial infection that causes a cough and cold-like symptoms. Vaccines may help prevent it.
What Are the Signs of Whooping Cough in Adults?
Learn the symptoms of whooping cough and find out how your doctor will confirm that you have the disease.
Whooping Cough Diagnosed in Adults: What Comes Next
It's important to treat whooping cough (pertussis) early in your illness to keep the illness from getting worse. Learn about antibiotics that fight your infection and find out what you can do at home to prevent whooping cough from spreading to your family.
Vaccines for Preteens and Teens
Find out what vaccinations are recommended for your preteen and teenager..
Are You at Risk for Whooping Cough?
You may think only children get whooping cough. But it's more common in adults and teenagers -- who can pass it on to babies. Here's how to keep your baby safe.
How Moms Prevent Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
Whooping cough is highly contagious. If one person has pertussis, up to 90% of people in the same house will get it. Here’s what careful moms do.
Whooping Cough: Treatment and Prevention
WebMD asks CDC expert Tom Clark about whooping cough and its causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
The Dangers of Whooping Cough
A guide to whooping cough, or pertussis: its symptoms, danger signs, prevention, and treatment.