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Can we please use the chat function? I have a question about whooping cough
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.
Hi there.
Thank you for your question.
I will be helping you out with your queries.
The chat function is currently disabled and they are working on a new version of a live chat version.
You can accept the additional services offer and chat with me on yahoo messenger. I will give out my private info to you only when you accept the additional services offer because that is the only way I would be able to send you my private info so that no one else would be able to see it.
Kind regards
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

My daughter (age 5) started with a cough 2 weeks ago. Dry and irritating. Slight runny nose, no fever or other symptoms. It now seems to be becoming more chesty and wakes her up at night. She also has coughing fits in the daytime and seems to find it hard to catch her breath. I took her to the doctor yesterday and he listened to her chest and said it was all clear. Does that mean it can't be whooping cough? He also said her throat was looking good, no glands raised and only a slight pinkness in one ear.

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.
Seems likely to be a viral infection.
Coughing fits can happen even in a viral infection.
Also a runny nose goes more in favor of a viral infection.
It may take a few more days for the coughing to settle.
So I would not worry too much particularly since she was examined by her doctor yesterday and the chest and throat were clear.
Let me know if you have more questions.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

so would the chest not sound clear with whooping cough? Thanks

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.
It would sound clear but it would be very unlikely to have whooping cough if she was vaccinated.
Whooping cough is one of the diseases for which all kids are vaccinated.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

She is not vaccinated, and the whooping cough vaccine is not very effective.

So now how worried would you be?

Expert:  Dr. SH replied 2 years ago.
I would have given an antibiotic considering that she is not vaccinated.
Also considering that her cough has lasted for more than two weeks, I would have certainly given an antibiotic.
I would recommend that she be seen again and be prescribed an antibiotic.
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