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Whooping Cough

Whopping cough (also known as pertussis) is a bacterial infection that gets into your nose and throat.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough or 100 day cough, is a highly contagious bacterial disease. Initially symptoms are usually similar to those of the common cold with a runny nose, fever and mild cough. This is then followed by weeks of severe coughing fits. Following a fit of coughing a high-pitched "whoop" sound may occur as the person breathes in. The coughing may last for more than a hundred days or ten weeks. A person may cough so hard they vomit, break ribs, or become very tired from the effort. Children less than one year old may have little or no cough and instead have periods where they do not breathe. The period of time between infection and the onset of symptoms is usually seven to ten days. Disease may occur in those who have been vaccinated but symptoms are typically milder.
Pertussis is caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis. It is an airborne disease which spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. People are infectious to others from the start of symptoms until about three weeks into the coughing fits. Those treated with antibiotics are no longer infectious after five days. Diagnosis is by collecting a sample from the back of the nose and throat. This sample can than be tested by either culture or by polymerase chain reaction.

Prevention is mainly by vaccination with the pertussis vaccine. Initial immunization is recommended between six and eight weeks of age with four doses to be given in the first two years of life. The vaccine becomes less effective over time with additional doses often recommended among older children and adults. Antibiotics may be used to prevent the disease among those who have been exposed and are at risk of severe disease. In those with the disease antibiotics are useful if started within three weeks of the initial symptoms but otherwise have little effect in most people. In children less than one year old and among those who are pregnant they are recommended within six weeks of symptom onset. Antibiotics used include erythromycin, azithromycin, or trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole. Evidence to support the effectiveness of medications for the cough is poor. Many children less than a year of age require hospitalization.

Name of the medicines commonly used according to similarity of sign and symptoms of the disease-characteristics and patient’s individualistic guiding symptoms with medicine:—
Any other medicine may be used in this disease according to symptom-similarity of patient and medicine.

Characteristics and guiding symptoms of some medicines used in this disease are described below:
1. Antim tart — Much rattling of mucus with slight expectoration, irritable and cross, child cries, marked aggravation from warm drinks and cough end in vomiting. Vomiting amelioration by expectoration and fan. Agg. From sour. Thirst less. Aversion to milk. Desires for sour.
2. Belladonna — Cerebral congestion and sudden violent spells of whooping cough with expectoration. Epistaxis may exist, worse at night, suitable in initial stage. Affected parts heated, red, burning and oversensitive.
3. China — When paroxysms are over, there is a clucking sound in oesophagus with grinding of
teeth during sleep. Especially when worms are present. Loss of appetite or very hungry. The
patient is very angry and oversensitive.
4. Coccus cacti — Paroxysm come in morning, vomiting of a clear ropy excessive mucus extending in thick long strings, chocking is most characteristic. Agg. In warm room. Amel.by expectoration and drinking cold water.
5. Corallium rubrum — For severe cases. When a smothering sensation precedes cough. Agg. At night. The child gasps and becomes black in face.
6. Cuprum met — Paroxysms are long and interrupted and are accompanied with onvulsions and violent cough. The child throughout tongue. Gelatinous mucus with rattling in chest. Face and lip bluish. Great relieved from swallowing cold water.
7. Drosera — A barking cough in such frequent spells as to choke breath, raising of phlegm ends in retching and vomiting; attacks worse after midnight. The patient cries and holds his epigastrium during coughing.
8. Ipecac — Convulsive cough where the child stiffens and becomes blue and losses his breath with vomiting & nausea and relieved after vomiting. Clear tongue and thirstless.
9. Magnesia phos — Attacks are convulsive, nervous, ending in whoop, severe paroxysms with blue swollen and livid face and a severe whoop are the characteristic symptoms.
10. Mephitis — whooping cough of laryngeal origin with a whoop, cough worse at night on lying down. There is a suffocative feeling and the child cannot breath out. Cramping of legs at night.

Diet and Regimen

• Take child should be segrated for at least 4 week.
• Plentry of fresh air and light must be allowed.
• Avoid overloading of stomach, cold draught and crying.

Updated: March, 16 2015

Comments (2)

  1. sumaira Jul 22 2015 10:53PM Reply
    What madicin for concive
    • Dr. Shivani VermaJul 29 2015 6:38PMReply
      Thanks for your comment, please mail us your problem in detail at shivani@aarogyahomeopathy.com.

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