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Whooping Cough – Diagnosis & Treatment

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a very contagious infection that affects the respiratory tract. The typical symptom is a serious hacking cough accompanied by a high-pitched breath that is quite similar to “whoop.” The condition mostly affects young children and teens or adults with weakened immunity. All symptoms can be treated effectively as long as they are detected early. Below are some common diagnostic techniques and treatments available for whooping cough.

Whooping Cough Diagnosis

Polymerase Chain Reaction

The main purpose of a polymerase chain reaction or PCR test is to highlight or amplify the genetic components of the microorganisms causing whooping cough. This makes it easier for the doctor to detect them. During the process, you need to provide a mucus sample from the nasopharynx. The results would provide necessary information on the form of bacteria or virus that triggers your symptoms. To ensure the best results, the test needs to be completed within 3 weeks of signs showing up. After that period, the number of genetic components can be reduced, making the PCR less reliable. [1]