Whooping cough is in the news again following a report in the BMJ suggesting that despite immunisation, 40% of children visiting GPs with persistent coughs have signs of whooping cough.
It also appears that many GPs are unlikely to consider diagnosing whooping cough in adults who present with persistent coughs. When I had a persistent cough for several months last year, my suggestion that it might be whooping cough was dismissed by my GP as I didn't make a whooping sound after my cough. And so I was diagnosed as asthmatic. This despite the fact that most adults with whooping cough do not make a whooping sound.
I just thought I'd post this, as I see quite a few new people posting on these boards with severe persistent coughs that can be quite distressing, and who, like me, are diagnosed with adult onset asthma.