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Pertussis is a lung disease. It is highly contagious, like measles.
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A kid that has pertussis

Pertussis

Babies with pertussis

SymptomsEdit

Pertussis's symptoms does not start until one week after exposure. The symptoms of it are commonly divided into three stages: Catarrhal, Paroxysmal, and Decline. During the Catarrhal stage, the victim

has symptoms that are similar to the Common Cold: sneezing, slight fever, dry cough, etc. During the Paroxysmal stage, the symptoms become more serious. The victim has long strings of coughing,

often ending in a "whoop" sound, which does not happen in victims that are under 6 months old and adults. The Decline stage happens after several weeks of sickness. The victim gains strength, and soon, the cough fades.


RemediesEdit

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A baby with Pertussis. Creepy, huh?

A vaacine used to prevent Pertussis infection, called DTap, is currently available. It can be given 5 times when you are a baby, and another later in your life. Also, various home remedies can be used to treat Pertussis. If you are having dry coughs, you can try a cup of Comfrey Tea (WARNING:Don't take it for a long time, or you can hurt your liver.). You can take an equal amount of Aloe Vera Juice and a tablespoon or two before a Pertussis attack.
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A map showing where Pertussis is common

If you mix 5 drops of Almond Oil with 10 drops of onion and ginger juice, you can treat Pertussis as well.


Body Parts AffectedEdit

Pertussis affects the lungs. Coughing occurs when someone lets out air from the lungs.

The whoop is caused when the person lets out too much air. The runny nose is caused when

the nose becomes infected, and produces more mucus than ususal. Plus, fever occurs when the body temperature

rises to an unstable heat, causing the body to malfunction.


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