Whooping cough is also known as Pertussis, which is a contagious respiratory infection caused by bacteria, Bordetella pertussis. This bacteria spreads from infected person to you through air when they cough or sneeze. It is a preventable disease through vaccination.
Symptoms of Whooping Cough
You may notice the following symptoms, only after a week from the day of exposure:
- Nasal congestion.
- Running nose.
- Irritation and redness in the eyes.
- Hacking cough with particular sound and may trigger vomiting.
- Difficulty in breathing.
Dos and Don’ts
- You can take 1 tsp of tulsi leaves extract with ginger extract and honey twice daily.
- Drink a small glass of milk boiled with few pinches of Turmeric and pepper.
- Eat light and easily digestible food in small quantities to avoid vomiting.
- Avoid moving out, exposure to dust, perfumes, smoke and other irritants which triggers coughing.
- Drink sufficient boiled and cooled water to prevent dehydration.
- Avoid curds, cold and refrigerated foods. Eat freshly cooked food when it is still warm.
Ayurvedic Management of Whooping Cough
- Guluchyadi Kashayam, Amritarishta, Mahasudarshan churna, Shadangadi churna, etc will help to reduce your fever.
- Yashtimadhu, Sitopaladi churna or Talisadi churna taken with honey helps to reduce cough.
- Dashamoolarishta, Pushkaramoolasavam, Dashamoola, Dashamoolakatutraya kashayam are also effective in reducing phlegm and cough
- Tablets like Asmagon, Dhanwantara vati,Talisapatradi vatakam, Vyoshadi vati, etc can be taken to reduce the bouts of coughing
- Once your fever is reduced, you can take rasayanas like Jivanamrtam rasayan, Agasthya rasayana, Dasamoola haritaki, Amalaki rasayana to improve your immunity and strength.