How do medications treat whooping cough?

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Antibiotics are the medications used to treat whooping cough. They kill the bacteria that cause the infection; the sooner they are administered the more effective they will be. Antibiotics may also be used to treat infections that accompany the illness, which include pneumonia and ear infections. Family members may also take antibiotics in order to minimize their risk of being infected. Over-the-counter cough medications are not effective for treating whooping cough.

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Whooping Cough

Whooping Cough

If your child experiences uncontrollable coughing that makes it difficult for them to breathe, talk to your doctor about whooping cough. Thousands of people yearly become ill with whooping cough, which is also known as pertussis, ...

and some are hospitalized. This highly contagious illness can be very dangerous, and even deadly, in young infants. Thankfully, vaccines have helped to reduce the spread of whooping cough, although current vaccines are not 100% effective against this illness. If your child contracts this bacterial respiratory infection he or she will most likely be treated with antibiotics. To protect your children against whooping cough, talk to your doctor about vaccination
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