Whooping cough is best treated with plenty of rest, fluids and by keeping the air clean. Antibiotics are used to treat whooping cough, but in many cases the diagnosis comes too late for antibiotics to offer much assistance in battling the symptoms.
Whooping cough is a quick spreading bacterial infection that focuses on the nose and throat. Vaccines, such as DTaP and Tdap help prevent the infection from occurring in both children and adults.
The symptoms of whooping cough are similar to the common cold, which includes sneezing, coughing, runny nose and a low fever states WebMD. The coughing spells occur around the seventh day and are often unproductive which can be dangerous, especially in very young children.
Anyone suffering from whooping cough needs to get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration, according to the Mayo Clinic. Since vomiting can occur during coughing fits, eating small meals is best. The air should be kept clean of tobacco smoke or fumes from a fireplace or furnace. Irritants such as dust can also be triggers for those suffering with whooping cough.
Whooping cough is highly contagious. When coughing, tiny particles of bacteria exit the mouth and enter the air, so it is imperative that the mouth be covered when coughing and the nose covered when sneezing to prevent spreading the infection to others.