Quick self diagnosis test
Can you answer “yes” to all 3 questions?
If so, there is a high probability you have whooping cough.
This is clearly a rough and ready test.
The only way you will get a definite diagnosis is from a doctor who can talk to you and examine you and do relevant tests. This would normally include a blood test for antibodies to pertussis toxin or a PCR swab test.
Questions to help you diagnose yourself with whooping cough.
Have you had attacks of coughing lasting at least a minute for at least 3 weeks, that come without warning, make you cough and cough and cough until you feel as if you are choking and unable to get a breath, making you red in the face, nauseous, and frightening anyone who observes you?
Do you go for hours or more feeling fine without any cough at all?
Is this the first time you have ever had a cough like this?
If in addition, you know other people who have or have had an identical cough, and you have been in contact with them, or you have been in contact with known whooping cough cases, then the probability that you have it is even stronger.
Some of my posts may also help you to decide
- What is parapertussis?
- The next outbreak of the ‘100 day cough’
- True nature of whoopingcough-pertussis infection
- Paroxysmal Cough
- ‘Outbreak in the Village’: the book
- A Most Frustrating Infection
- So You Think You Have Whooping Cough?
- How long is whooping cough infectious for?
- Suspecting whooping cough
This page has been reviewed and updated on 20 March 2023