Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Treatment at Home | Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious bacterial infection. It is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis, which infects the lining of the airways such as the trachea and bronchi.
This disease spreads quickly through the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. It primarily affects small babies, but teenagers and adults can also get it.
Once infected with the bacteria, it takes about 7 to 10 days for signs and symptoms to appear, though it sometimes takes longer. During the initial stage, it has the same symptoms as the common cold, such as mild coughing, sneezing, a runny nose and low fever.
If the infection is not treated timely, the cough turns into ‘coughing spells’ that end with a high-pitched ‘whoop’ sound while you try to breathe in air. You may even experience vomiting.
If you suffer from whooping cough, in addition to the treatment prescribed by your doctor, you can try some home remedies to ease the symptoms and shorten the duration of the infection.
Note: If your infant is suffering from breathing difficulties and excessive vomiting then seek medical help immediately.
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