View photos of a baby getting treatment for pertussis in the hospital. If Your Child Gets Treatment for Pertussis at Home. Do not give cough medications unless instructed by your doctor. Giving cough medicine probably will not help and is often not recommended for kids younger than 4 years old. What do we all need to know about whooping cough (pertussis)? WebMD asked epidemiologist Tom Clark, MD, MPH, of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Whooping cough Author: Stephanie Watson.
The symptoms of whooping cough may look like other medical conditions. Always consult your health care provider for a diagnosis. How is whooping cough diagnosed? In addition to a complete medical history and physical exam, diagnosis of whooping cough is often confirmed with a culture taken from the nose. What is the treatment for whooping cough? Doctors usually diagnose whooping cough by taking a swab of mucus from the back of the throat or nose. They may also order a blood test. Early treatment is important, because it can help prevent Author: Lindsey Konkel.
In most cases, the treatment of the whooping cough in adults is done at home. But it is possible only if there is not close contact to a child, and a risk of the infection transmission is absent. A peculiarity of the cure for whooping cough in adults consists in an administration of any antibiotic.