Misdiagnosis of Whooping Cough

Undiagnosed Whooping Cough: The biggest risk in diagnosis of whooping cough is that it is often undiagnosed, or only diagnosed late by its characteristic “whoop” cough. The early symptoms of whooping cough are very similar to a common cold or other respiratory infection.

Other Respiratory Infections: A whooping cough is not the most likely possibility for a cough, or other respiratory symptoms like runny nose. Although feared, it is possible that your child could have any of these other possible respiratory conditions. But if there is any reason to suspect whooping cough, see your doctor immediately. The list of other possible respiratory conditions on the differential diagnosis list includes:

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