Symptoms of Whooping Cough
It can generally take 7-10 days after becoming infected with Whooping Cough before the symptoms begin to appear. It can, however, take longer.
Symptoms are usually mild at first, and resemble the common cold:
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Red, watery eyes
Symptoms worsen after a week or two, resulting in a thick mucus accumulating in your airways. This is what causes the uncontrollable coughing. These severe and prolonged cough attacks may:
- Cause vomiting
- Red or blue facial coloration
- Extreme fatigue
The cough may end in a high pitched “whoop” sound as you inhale your next breath of air. Though, many people don’t develop this characteristic.
In infants, there may not be a cough at all. They may, however, struggle to breathe, and may even stop breathing temporarily.
Contact your Doctor immediately if prolonged coughing causes you or your child to:
- Turn red or blue
- Struggle to breathe
- Inhale with a “whooping” sound