Whooping Cough Treatments

Whooping Cough Treatments

Different Ways to Treat Whooping Cough

The medical term for whooping cough is pertussis. It is a bacterial infection that gets into your nose and your throat. It is a very contagious disease. Each year, over 30,000 people develop this disease. Of the people that contract the disease, 8,000 people die each year. When babies contact the disease, they are often taken to the hospital. According to recent statistics, 1 out of every 100 babies who are admitted to the hospital for treatment, die.

What Are the Symptoms of Whooping Cough?

In its early stages, whooping cough has the same symptoms of the common cold. Most people experience a mild cough, sneezing, a runny nose, and a low grade fever. Some people also get diarrhea in the early stages. After about 7 to 10 days, the mild cough will progress to coughing spells.. The cough has a whooping sound, and it can be difficult for you to breathe. The cough that you experience from whooping cough doesn’t produce any mucus, and the spells can last for up to a minute. It is not uncommon for your face to turn red or purple during a coughing spell. Some people who have contracted the disease don’t have any coughing spells at all. Typically, whopping cough lasts for 3 to 6 weeks.

Babies and Whooping Cough

Whooping cough is very dangerous for babies, especially those under 6 months old. Even babies under 18 months old are at risk and they should be watched often if they contract the disease. It is not uncommon for babies to have coughing spells and then stop breathing. Some babies don’t cough at all, they just stop breathing. Finally, some babies vomit during their coughing spells which can quickly lead to dehydration. Many young babies who contract the disease need to be hospitalized.

Treatment for Whooping Cough

If whopping cough is diagnosed early, the doctor can prescribe antibiotics to help with the coughing and the other symptoms. Since the symptoms of whooping cough mimic those of a common cold in the beginning, many people aren’t diagnosed until it is too late for antibiotics to be effective. Many people who contract whooping cough will take over the counter cough suppressants and cough drops. Unfortunately, these are not effective in treating the type of cough that whooping cough causes. The best way to treat whooping cough is to keep from getting it in the first place. This means getting the DTaP or the Tdap vaccine. These vaccines protect your from getting pertussis as well as tetanus and diphtheria. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), it is best to get a booster shot every three to five years. If you work with babies and young children, you may be required to be vaccinated more often.

If you are having coughing spells that are so severe that you cannot drink any fluids, you risk getting dehydrated. This can be very serious. If you are unable to drink, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may need to be given IV fluids until the cough subsides and you can take fluids again.

If you are going to be around a newborn baby, it is very important that you are immunized. A baby will need several doses of the vaccine, and the first cannot be given until the baby is between two and three months old. Before this time, the baby will be unprotected which means you need to be if you are going to be around any babies.

Whooping cough can be very serious to babies and even to adults. Since there is no treatment if the disease isn’t caught early, your best protection is to be vaccinated against the disease. Not only is getting vaccinated important for you, it is also important to those around you.

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