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Whooping Cough

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a contagious bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the trachea and bronchi. It starts with less aggressive coughing but eventually leads to severe coughing spells, which may produce a ‘whooping’ sound when the person breathes in.

Whooping cough can be easily and effectively treated with various herbs, spices and condiments readily available in your kitchen. Apart from the various concoctions and infusions, certain precautions and an appropriate diet are also crucial in the treatment of pertussis.

Home remedies

  • Take a teaspoonful of garlic juice, 2 to 3 time a day. Garlic effectively treats whooping cough. It can be taken more often if the bouts of whooping cough are more aggressive and frequent.
  • Boil a few fenugreek seeds in 250ml water till the water reduces to half. Extract a teaspoonful juice from freshly ground ginger. Add the ginger juice and some honey to the fenugreek infusion, and take this concoction to alleviate the coughing.
  • Add some honey and a pinch of rock salt to a teaspoonful of freshly prepared radish juice. Consume this syrup three times, daily, for relief from whooping cough symptoms.
  • Mix five drops of almond oil with ten drops each of ginger juice and onion juice. Take this home-made syrup three times, daily, and for at least a fortnight.
  • Mix a pinch of roasted calamus powder in a teaspoon of honey and take this mixture. This mixture has antispasmodic properties, and prevents severe coughing bouts. The mixture can also be given to children, however, the dosage should be relatively smaller.
  • Onion has medicinal properties, and is one of the best remedies for whooping cough. Finely chop or grate an onion and extract its juice. Mix this onion juice with an equal amount of honey and allow it to stand for about 4-5 hours. This is an excellent syrup for pertussis; take a tablespoon, twice a day.
  • Turmeric is well-known for its varied medicinal properties, and is widely used in many medicines. You can chew a piece of raw turmeric or take a pinch of dried and powdered turmeric, twice a day. This remedy is believed to provide relief and ease the symptoms of whooping cough.
  • A raisin sauce is very easy to prepare and is considered to be one of the best remedies for whooping cough. Add some water to 100 gm of raisins, add 100 gm of sugar to this preparation and grind well. Put this mixture in a pan and heat it on a medium flame. Let this raisin sauce cool, and then store it in a jar. Have a tablespoon of it, twice a day.
  • Apart from medications and home remedies it is also very important for a person suffering from whooping cough to take adequate rest. Sound sleep and proper rest are two important factors necessary for fast recovery.
  • A person suffering from whooping cough should take plenty of fluids and fruit juices and remain hydrated.
  • Whooping cough can also be aggravated by certain allergens like dust. Hence, it is very important to keep the patient’s surroundings clean and free of any possible allergens.
  • Keep a humidifier or mist vaporiser in your room. It can be effective in soothing the cough and loosening the phlegm. However, if you notice that humidity causes irritation or intensifies the coughing, stop using it.
  • Whooping cough is a contagious disease. Hence, the foremost precaution to be taken is maintenance of optimum hygiene by both the patient as well as the person who is taking care of the patient. The caretaker should always wear a mask while attending to the patient.

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