What is it?
Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a highly contagious lung infection caused by a bacterium called Bordetella pertussis. It is a preventable disease as vaccine is available.
What are the symptoms?
Pertussis manifests as severe bouts of cough with the characteristic high-pitched sound known as “whoop”. Besides this, patients have:
- Runny nose,
- Nasal congestion.
What to expect?
Once diagnosed with whooping cough, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor:
- Antibiotics are usually used for patients whooping cough. What specific antibiotic is best for you?
- As it is a highly contagious disease, you can ask your doctor what preventive measures you can do to protect your household from contracting the disease.
In addition to treatment by your doctor you can try the following things:
- Painkillers might help in relieving pain and fever.
- Bed rest.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
Seek immediate consult if the following occurs:
- Symptoms worsen or persists.
- Difficulty of breathing.