A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Whooping Cough
I had a question the other day about whooping cough.
Whooping cough is a disease that causes very severe coughing that may last for months.
You can cough so hard you hurt a rib.
Whooping cough is also called pertussis.
You can prevent whooping cough by getting a vaccine that protects you from the disease.
Whooping cough can lead to other problems, like pneumonia.
These problems can be very serious in adults ages 60 and older and in young children, especially babies who are born early or haven’t had the vaccine.
A person of any age can get whooping cough.
You can get whooping cough more than once, and you may get it years apart.
Whooping cough is caused by bacteria that infect the top of your throat (pharynx) where it meets your nasal passages.
The bacteria bother your throat, which causes coughing.
Whooping cough is contagious.
When someone with the disease coughs, sneezes, or laughs, tiny drops of fluid holding the bacteria are put into the air.
The bacteria can infect others when they breathe in the drops or get them on their hands and touch their mouth or nose.
Symptoms appear about 7-14 days after you’re infected.
Adults usually have milder symptoms than children.
Symptoms of whooping cough usually last 6-10 weeks, sometimes longer.
In young children, three stages occur.
Older children and adults don’t always have the same stages.
In stage 1, symptoms are like those of a cold:
>You sneeze and have a runny nose, a mild cough, watery eyes, and sometimes a mild fever.
>Symptoms last from several days to 2 weeks.
>This is when you’re most likely to spread the disease.
In stage 2, cold symptoms get better, but the cough gets worse.
>The cough goes from a mild, dry, hacking cough to a severe cough you can’t control.
>You may cough so long and hard you can’t breathe. When you can take a breath of air, it may make a whooping noise.
>After a coughing fit, you may vomit and feel very tired.
>Between coughing fits, you feel normal.
>Symptoms are most severe in this stage. They usually last 2-4 weeks or longer.
In stage 3, you still have symptoms but you feel better and get stronger.
>The cough may get louder.
>Coughing fits may happen off and on for weeks.
>Coughing fits may flare up if you get a cold or have a similar illness.
>This stage may last longer if you’ve never had the vaccine.
You may be given antibiotics.
These make it less likely you’ll spread the disease.
If you start taking the antibiotics when you first get whooping cough, it may not last as long.
Young infants usually are treated for whooping cough in the hospital.
Over-the-counter medicines, like cough syrups, don’t help.
With good care, most people recover from whooping cough with no problems.
To deal with whooping cough it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, omega-3 oils, fish oils).
*Explore use of Oil of Oregano and Mullein oil.
*Consume plenty of fresh garlic and onions.
*Switch to safe, nontoxic cleaners, laundry and personal care products that don’t emit toxic fumes/residues.
*Discover “hidden” allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Dairy products are very mucus forming.
*Review my post on candida.
*Eliminate smoking, second-hand smoke, environmental pollutants.
*Explore the use of hydrotherapy and/or castor oil or onion packs.
*Consider a vaporizer.
*Avoid sugar as it “turns off” your immune system.