Pertussis is a highly contagious and causes uncontrollable, violent coughing. A deep "whooping" sound is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath.
Whooping cough is bacterial in nature and can be treated with several different antibiotics with the most common being erythromycin.
This would be highly unlikely in an adult though as almost all children get the DTaP vaccination.
Would you hear rales on insp and exh both or would the lung sounds be clear or something else?
Would any other treatments be ordered besides antibiotics? ie neb treatment?
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An oxygen tent with high humidity may be used. Fluids may be given through a vein if coughing spells are severe enough to prevent the person from drinking enough fluids. Sedatives may be prescribed. Cough mixtures, expectorants, and suppressants are usually not helpful and should NOT be used.
Nebulizer treatments are most often not helpful.
You would hear upon ins and exp.
It is a very distinct sound.
I would hear what?
You can hear the whooping sound on both sides.
The pertussis causes violent and rapid coughing, over and over, until the air is gone from the lungs and you are forced to inhale with a loud "whooping" sound.
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