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FAQ

What are the symptoms and complications?

Page last updated 23 July 2018

If you are exposed to whooping cough – and your immunity is low – you would typically develop symptoms within 5 to 10 days.
Whooping cough often begins like a cold.

In a typical case, your symptoms might include:
•    a blocked or runny nose
•    sneezing
•    mild fever
•    a cough

Complications of whooping cough are usually less serious in adults, especially if you have been vaccinated.

In one study, the most common complications reported were:

•    weight loss in 1 out of 3 adults
•    loss of bladder control in 1 out of 4 adults 
•    passing out in 3 out of 50 adults
•    rib fracture from severe coughing in 1 out of 25 adults

Sources & Citations

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/faqs.html
     
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at:
    https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/about/signs-symptoms.html

     
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/clinical/complications.html

SPANZ.ADAC.17.12.0287a date of preparation July 2018