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Pertussis symptoms vary depending on age and progression of the infection. Initial symptoms, which last one to two weeks, can include:
- Mild fever
- Runny nose
- Mild, occasional cough
- Babies may have pauses in breathing (apnea) while asleep
As pertussis continues, the symptoms usually get worse and can last from one to six weeks:
- Extreme coughing fits with whooping sound
- Vomiting after coughing
If you believe you or your loved one could have pertussis, seek immediate medical attention.
Testing for pertussis includes a physical examination, followed by blood or mucus tests.
These tests show the presence of the bacteria.
Early testing can help speed up the recovery process. Contact your provider to get tested.
Pertussis is treated with antibiotics. It is important to get immediate treatment if infected.
Pertussis bacteria are usually gone by two weeks of infection. Treatment reduces the amount of damage done by bacteria and improves the chance of a proper recovery.
Pertussis typically goes away without issues if treated properly. Complications and severity of infections can lead to hospitalization and further illness.