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How do you treat a child with pertussis in paroxysmal stage of infection? kaplan says treatment is ineffective in this stage. UW says treatment with erythromycin shud be given regardless of the stage of the disease. Any comments....


Treatment of pertussis with antibiotics (often erythromycin, azithromycin, clarithromycin or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole) results in the person becoming less infectious but probably does not significantly alter the outcome of the disease. Close contacts who receive appropriate antibiotics (chemoprophylaxis) during the 7–21 day incubation period may be protected from developing symptomatic disease.

so: if you have it, give it. and symptom relief.
If the question gives you an antibiotic with a logical coverage (choose it)
If it gives you an antibiotic that´s useless, look for the option that says: symptom relief, or do nothing...

correct me if i´m wrong


sounds reasonable. thanks

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