Whooping Cough (Pertussis) (cont.)
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Whooping Cough Treatment
Antibiotics are used to lessen the severity of whooping cough and make the person taking them noncontagious. Antibiotics are most effective if given early in the first phase of the illness.
The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy recommends the following antibiotic treatments: a five-day course of azithromycin, a seven-day course of clarithromycin, or a 14-day course of either erythromycin or trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMX).
Whooping Cough Follow-up
Schools and day-care facilities should be notified of whooping cough illnesses. Children who later develop a cough should be evaluated by their doctors. Children younger than 7 years of age who attend the school or day care and are behind in their vaccinations should receive them.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/2/2016
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