Homeopathy is very effective against the symptoms of whooping cough. Whooping cough is also known as pertussis or convulsive cough.
Whooping cough is an infectious and highly contagious disease that is caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis.
It is a disease that affects the upper respiratory tract. Whooping cough is characterised by a violent cough and wheezy, convulsive breathing.
Whooping cough is spread via the droplets that are suspended in the air when the sufferer coughs or sneezes.
The symptoms of whooping cough can escalate through bronchitis or pneumonia, especially in younger children.
Whooping cough symptoms
Initially, there is an incubation period that lasts between three and fifteen days when symptoms are not apparent.
Following the second week of infection, the first symptoms appear.
Symptoms are similar to those of the common cold – sneezing, fever, a runny nose and red eyes. In the second phase, the distinctive violent cough appears, along with vomiting.
The cough occurs in fits or episodes, and the characteristic sound of pertussis can be heard when the patient inhales.
The cough is more frequent at night.
The cough becomes gradually more intense and convulsive and breathing becomes difficult.
The patient turns blue. Over time, coughing fits start to space out. Sometimes, a thick, whitish secretion can be produced.
Following this, there is a period of convalescence when the cough disappears.
Homeopathic treatment for whooping cough
Homeopathy is very effective against the symptoms of whooping cough, but should always be used under the supervision of a homeopathic physician.
Some of the medicines that are used for whooping cough include:
- Antimonium tartaricum: For when there is a period of tiredness in between coughing fits.
- Coccus cactus: For when the mucus is colourless and thick during coughing fits.
- Corallium rubrum: For when the child feels stifled before the coughing fit and the face turns blue or purple.
- Drosera rotundifolia: For when the cough sounds like a cock crowing or there is a nosebleed during the coughing fit.
- Spongia tosta: For when the cough produces a “barking” sound.
- Ipeca: For when there is nausea or vomiting towards the end of the coughing fit.
Several of the above medications can be combined, depending on the symptoms.
The dosage is of 5 granules of each medicine to be taken three times a day, preferably in a dilution of 9C.
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