Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you think you or your child has whooping cough, make an appointment with your family doctor or pediatrician. Severe symptoms may warrant a visit to an urgent care center or a hospital's emergency department.

What you can do

You may want to write a list that includes:

  • Detailed descriptions of the signs and symptoms
  • Information about past medical problems
  • Information about the medical problems of parents or siblings
  • Questions you want to ask the doctor

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor will conduct a physical exam and will use a stethoscope to listen closely to the lungs. Questions your doctor may ask include:

  • When did the cough start?
  • How long does a coughing spell generally last?
  • Does anything trigger the cough?
  • Does the cough ever cause gagging or vomiting?
  • Has the cough ever resulted in a red or blue face?
Mar. 19, 2013