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Readers Respond: Your Experience With Whooping Cough

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Updated May 12, 2009

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is on the rise around the world. Although many people have been vaccinated against it, the vaccine may not provide lifelong protection and many people may need a booster. Have you or a loved one ever been diagnosed with whooping cough? If so, you know that it is not just another cough. Share your story and let others know how whooping cough affected you.


Well they say it isn't possible to have whooping cough more than once. Hogwash--I am just getting over my 3rd bout of it and yet 2 months before Christmas had the Whooping cough booster. Was also immunised as a child. After 3 weeks of antibiotics my chest still not clear and now have fungal virus in the lungs on top of the whooping cough. How ridiculous is this in an adult??
—Guest Lyn from Gympie

What to do for whooping cough

I just wanted you to know what I did to help my whooping cough. I am a 54 year old woman. The severe coughing spells began Saturday December 12th. I vomited several times the first night, and then by the next morning and afternoon I had severe "pins and needles" pains on my skin of the upper back and chest. Anyway, on the Sunday (the second) evening I began to take .5 mL of colloidal silver solution by mouth (3 ppm) 4 times per day. I would just let it sit in the back of my throat until I swallowed naturally. I also began to take Elderberry capsules 2x per day. By that night I had only one coughing spell and it was not very severe. By the next day I had maybe two coughing fits all day, and very minor "pins and needles" feeling. By Monday I no longer had any coughing fits at all. I have not had a return of symptoms. I have continued taking the silver and Elderberry for two weeks. But I feel fine. Hope this works for you.

Misdiagnosed Whooping Cough

As a nurse, you think I would have known I had whooping cough. I had the tell-tale "whooping" sound after nearly cracking my ribs and vomiting from coughing so hard. However, I mistakenly thought my childhood vaccine protected me against that. I was originally diagnosed by my physician as having bronchitis. One round of antibiotics did nothing to improve my cough. I went back to my physician and she determined I was experiencing an asthma exacerbation with bronchitis and started me on steroids and inhalers. After several more days without improvement, I went back yet again and described the coughing fit I had the night before. I was coughing so hard that I thought I would break my ribs. I had tears pouring down my face and started to dry heave, like I was going to vomit. Then I described my "whooping" sound. She diagnosed whooping cough and started me on heavy duty antibiotics and I'm just now starting to return to normal - 3 weeks later!

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