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What medications are used to treat whooping cough?

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If doctors diagnose whooping cough early on, antibiotics can help cut down coughing and other symptoms. They can also help prevent the infection from spreading to others. Most people are diagnosed too late for antibiotics to work well, though.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Diagnosis and Treatment;” “Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccination;” and “Protect Babies from Whooping Cough (Pertussis).”

HealthyChildren.org: “Whooping Cough.”

Nemours Foundation: “Infections: Whooping Cough (Pertussis).”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 11, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Diagnosis and Treatment;” “Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccination;” and “Protect Babies from Whooping Cough (Pertussis).”

HealthyChildren.org: “Whooping Cough.”

Nemours Foundation: “Infections: Whooping Cough (Pertussis).”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 11, 2018

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