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. 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.
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? 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 Author: Stephanie Watson.
Yes, it has a funny name, but whooping cough is no laughing matter. Test your knowledge about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of this respiratory illness. BUT, for the average case of whooping cough there is no treatment likely to make a difference to the course of the illness or reduce the symptoms. It will generally take its course no matter what. Attempts to get benefit from bronchodilators, cough suppressants or antibiotics are generally futile.