While whooping cough or Pertussis isn’t popping up in our area just yet, I’m going to keep my eyes open for it. What it is, is a viral infection of the lungs! It is most likely to infect children, particularly babies but adults, even those who have been immunized with the DPT vaccine can catch it. First this disease was spotted in New Jersey and now it’s in Quakertown.
What is it? ( I AM NOT A DOCTOR! AND I DON”T PRETEND TO BE ONE)
What you start with is standard cough and cold symptoms- which everyone has during this time of year, so that isn’t exactly a great clue is it? But the thing with this illness is that it doesn’t just go away! It gets worse. The cough can last up to 8 weeks or more! So that is the clue, if you have a cough that just won’t go away and begins to keep you up nights with hacking- then you might want to get to the Doctor. In the early weeks it looks like an antibiotic might contain the illness, but it isn’t going to make it go away!
While it isn’t very pleasant to talk about, I want to mention one more indicator of this particularly nasty cough inducing illness- vomiting. If you find someone in your household, or maybe it’s you that experiences coughing and then throwing up from the coughing, then you might have Pertussis. Please make sure you don’t ignore it. Make an appointment to talk with your health care professionals. This illness seems to pop up every three years or so and people who have it are considered highly contagious.
Be safe, wash hands regularly throughout the day and try not to touch your face till you know your hands are clean.