Doctors usually diagnose whooping cough by taking a swab of mucus from the back of the throat or nose. They may also order a blood test. Early treatment is important, because it can help prevent Author: Lindsey Konkel. View photos of a baby getting treatment for pertussis in the hospital. If Your Child Gets Treatment for Pertussis at Home. Do not give cough medications unless instructed by your doctor. Giving cough medicine probably will not help and is often not recommended for kids younger than 4 years old.
The symptoms of whooping cough may look like other medical conditions. Always consult your health care provider for a diagnosis. How is whooping cough diagnosed? In addition to a complete medical history and physical exam, diagnosis of whooping cough is often confirmed with a culture taken from the nose. What is the treatment for whooping cough? Whooping cough gets its name from its most famous symptom -- a "whoop" sound you might make when you gasp for air at the end of a coughing fit. But it doesn't happen in all adults, so it's Author: Barbara Brody.
Symptoms of Whooping Cough. Once an individual is infected with whooping cough, it can take seven to 10 days before symptoms can appear. Sometimes it can last for longer periods up to three weeks. The symptoms appear in three phases (x, x). Catarrhal Stage. The first stage is the most contagious and lasts for seven to 10 days. The infection.