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Is there a cure for whooping cough (pertussis)?

Whooping cough can be cured only by taking antibiotics. Antibiotics kill the bacteria that cause the disease and may include erythromycin, clarithromycin, or azithromycin. A doctor may prescribe corticosteroids to reduce inflammation in infants and albuterol to minimize coughing. Over-the-counter cough medications are ineffective in curing whooping cough.

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