Adults may not have the classic “whoop,” if they have a milder case of the disease. Prevention Whooping cough is most contagious before the coughing starts, so the most effective way to prevent it is to get vaccinated. The whooping cough vaccine for adults (and adolescents) is called Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis). Many babies infected with pertussis have caught it from an adult. What are the symptoms of whooping cough? The disease starts like the common cold, with a runny nose or congestion, sneezing, and sometimes a mild cough or fever. Usually, after a week or two, severe coughing begins. The following are the most common symptoms of whooping cough.
At first, whooping cough -- also called pertussis -- might seem like a regular, run-of-the mill cold. You might get symptoms like: Runny nose; Low-grade fever; Mild coughAuthor: Barbara Brody. After you've had contact with whooping cough germs, symptoms can take up to 10 days to show up. Once they do, they look a lot like a cold. You may have a stuffy or runny nose, watery eyes, and a.
Symptoms are often less severe in adults who have gained some protection against whooping cough from a previous immunization or infection. Symptoms of pertussis in adults may include: prolonged, severe coughing fits, followed by gasping for breath. vomiting after Author: Lindsey Konkel. Whooping cough is spread in the droplets of the coughs or sneezes of someone with the infection. Symptoms of whooping cough. The first symptoms of whooping cough are similar to those of a cold, such as a runny nose, red and watery eyes, a sore throat, and a slightly raised temperature. Intense coughing bouts start about a week later.