Whooping Cough - Symptoms, Causes and Prevention

Summary about Whooping Cough in Urdu

اس بیماری کو پرٹیوسس بھی کہا جاتا ہے۔ یہ کھانسے اور سردی لگنے جیسی علامات کی مظہر ہے۔ ویکسین کی مدد سے اس بیماری سے بچنا ممکن ہے۔ اس بیماری سے ممتاثرہ افراد میں نزلے ، بخار اور کھانسی کے ساتھ ساتھ اسہال کی شکایات بھی سامنے آسکتی ہیں۔

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Summary about Whooping Cough in English

 Whooping cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection. For many people, this is characterized by an acute hacking cough followed by strong breathing that sounds like a "whoop".

Before the vaccine was developed, whooping cough was considered a childhood disease. Now, whooping cough is particularly affecting children too young to be vaccinated, as well as adolescents and adults whose immunity has decreased. Deaths associated with whooping cough are rare but more common in babies. It is therefore very important that pregnant women and other people who have close contact with a baby are vaccinated against whooping cough. t is mainly recognized by cough with a characteristic whooping sound. 

Vaccination against it is good enough to prevent its occurrence. But if the person is infected with this infectious disease potent antibiotics with cough suppressants are recommended to cure it. To find and consult the best physician for whooping cough treatment log on to marham.pk.

Symptoms of Whooping Cough

Symptoms of whooping cough are initially much like ordinary flu. An affected person may face:

  • Cough
  • Mild temperature
  • Runny nose 
  • Sneezing
  • Diarrhea

After a week or so the cough may advance into spells of cough lasting up to one minute. This is accompanied by a characteristic whooping sound. In babies under 6 months of age, these symptoms should be closely watched. Even in toddlers, whooping cough needs special attention because this may interfere with their breathing.

Causes of Whooping Cough

Pertussis is caused by a bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. These bacteria attach to tiny structures called cilia in the respiratory tract. Because of bacterial activity airways swell and cilia are damaged. It is a very contagious disease that spreads from affected person to others. Coughing, sneezing and sharing the breathing space can transmit this disease.

Risk Factors of Whooping Cough

Children who are not vaccinated, infants with incomplete vaccination course, and older adults with compromised immune power are at an elevated risk of catching and spreading this bacterial disease.

Preventive Measures of Whooping Cough

This disease can easily be prevented by the use of vaccines. Keeping infants and susceptible individuals away from affected people is also essential to prevent this disease.

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