Symptoms of Whooping Cough
Generally, symptoms of whooping cough will occur between 7 days to 21 days after Bordetella pertussis bacteria enter the person’s respiratory tract. The development of symptoms of whooping cough has three stages, especially in infants and young children:
- First stage (early symptoms): mild symptoms such as runny and stuffy nose, sneezing, watery eyes, sore throat, mild cough, and fever. This stage can last up to two weeks, and in this stage the patient is at risk of transmitting whooping cough to people around him.
- Second Stage (paroxismal period): This stage is characterized by alleviation of flu symptoms, but the cough is even worse, and uncontrollable. At this stage occurs a continuous loud cough that begins a long breath through the mouth (whoop). After the cough attack, the patient may experience vomiting (usually in infants and children) and the body is exhausted. This stage can last two to four weeks or more.
- Phase Third (healing period): this stage the patient’s body starts to improve, but the symptoms of whooping cough still exist even the patient can cough harder. This recovery stage can last up to two months or more depending on treatment.
Here are some conditions that should immediately receive a doctor’s treatment:
- Infants aged 0-6 months look very unhealthy.
- You or your child has trouble breathing.
- You or your child have serious complications, such as seizures or pneumonia.
- Cut out the sound when you inhale.
- Vomiting due to severe whooping cough.
- The body becomes reddened or blue.