Whooping cough is on the rise, and particularly in California. It is EXTREMELY dangerous for children and older people. It can be life threatening. Even if you had a vaccine – the vaccine isn’t life long protection!

Symptoms of whooping cough typically last 6 to 10 weeks (but may last longer) and can occur in three stages.

Stage 1: Cold like symptoms—such as sneezing, runny nose, mild coughing, watery eyes, and sometimes a mild fever—last from several days to 2 weeks. An infected person is most contagious during this stage.

Stage 2: Cold like symptoms fade, but the cough gets worse. It changes from a dry, hacking cough to bursts of uncontrollable, often violent coughing. During a coughing episode, it may be temporarily impossible to take a breath because of the intensity and repetition of coughs. When finally able to breathe, the person may take in a sudden gasp of air through airways narrowed by inflammation, and this sometimes causes a whooping noise. Vomiting and severe exhaustion often follow a coughing spell. But between coughing episodes, the infected person often appears normal. This is the most serious stage of whooping cough, usually lasting from 2 to 4 weeks or longer.

The most serious symptoms develop during this phase and last about 2 to 4 weeks or longer. As cold like symptoms fade, the cough gets worse. A dry, hacking cough turns into bursts of uncontrollable, often violent coughing that may make it temporarily impossible to breathe. This may happen up to 30 times a day. The person may quickly inhale when trying to take a breath through airways narrowed by inflammation, which sometimes creates a whooping noise.

Stage 3: Although the person improves and gains strength, the cough may become louder and sound worse. Coughing spells may occur off and on for weeks to months and may flare up if a cold or other upper respiratory illness develops. This final stage may last longer in people who have never received the whooping cough vaccine.

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION – I’ve been very sick for 21 days now and I am in the second stage. Not fun. Take care and remember a cough or sneeze travels at least 65 miles per hour. Protect the children and the elderly.

SOMETIMES a cool mist humidifier will help. If the cough increases though, stop using it.
Wash your hands often and thoroughly. Try to keep children calm and peaceful as it will help with the coughing.


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