Pertussis Cough

Pertussis (loud cough) is a highly contagious respiratory infection. In advanced stages, the condition is characterized by severe coughing followed by breathing a squealing sound. Generally, this condition is increasing in children very young and those who do not have a good body immunity and complete.


Once you are exposed to pertussis, it will take 3 to 12 days for signs and symptoms appear. Signs and symptoms are usually mild in the early stages and is similar to the common cold:

• Runny nose

• Sneezing

• red and watery eyes

• Low-grade fever

• Shortness of breath

• Dry cough

After 1 or 2 weeks, signs and symptoms will worsen. Severe and prolonged coughing can:

• phlegm

• Unmute hard

• Blushing or blue

• It causes extreme fatigue

• Finished with squealing sound when breathing

Causes & Risk Factors


Pertussis is caused by bacteria. When a person is infected with a cough or sneeze, then it will spread through the air and infect anyone who was nearby when breathing.

When in the body, the bacteria multiply and produce toxins themselves that affect the ability of the respiratory tract. Thick mucus that will be formed in the respiratory tract, and cause uncontrolled coughing. The bacteria also cause inflammation that narrows the airways.

risk factors

Pertussis can occur due to not receiving a full or never even received a pertussis vaccination during childhood.


The best way to prevent pertussis is to vaccinate against pertussis, in which doctors often give in combination with vaccines for two other serious diseases, namely diphtheria and tetanus. Doctors also recommend vaccination begins in infancy.