Sick, sick, sick II

Written by Burl on January 6th, 2005

A note from Coughin’ Gene: I sent all that stuff re whooping cough to my doctor. Here is his response:
You might be right. However, after the pertussis cough is established, antibiotics may have no discernible effect on the course of illness but are recommended to limit the spread of organisms to others. The drug of choice is erythromycin, which you got 9 days ago. If we tried to establish a diagnosis via naso-pharyngeal swab, it would be inaccurate since you’ve been on erythromycin …
Apparently there is no treatment for adults. The erythromycin basically just stops contagiion. Incredible.

 

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