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How do you deal with the symptoms of a whooping cough?

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asked Apr 1, 2016 in Health and Fitness by anonymous
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Whooping cough or pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial infection that affects the lungs and airways of an individual. The infection begins with a dry and irritating cough and reaches a stage where you have intense bouts of coughing. The "whooping" noise occurs due to the gasping for breath after one coughing bout. A runny nose, vomiting after the cough, and raised temperatures are the other symptoms of this condition. You need to see your GP as soon as you think that a member in your family has a whooping cough. If not, the cough can last for about three months at a stretch. The GP is able to diagnose the condition by looking at the symptoms or listening to the noise of your coughing.


The condition is caused by a bacterium named Bordetella pertussis. The bacteria will infect the lining of the airways and lungs. If the cough is diagnosed within the first 21 days, a course of antibiotics will do the trick. It is important to prevent the condition from spreading to others. Resting and drinking plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration is also important.


References


http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Whooping-cough/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://www.whoopingcough.net/treatment.htm

answered Apr 2, 2016 by nilupa1973 (35,290 points)

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