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What is whooping cough?

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a contagious bacterial infection caused by Bordetella pertussis that can affect people of all age groups, but is more common in vulnerable groups such as unimmunized infants.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

The symptoms of whooping cough appear between a duration of six to twenty days, known as the incubation period of acquiring infection and has three phases of symptoms:

  • The catarrhal phase lasts for around one week and presents with symptoms such as runny nose, watery eyes, conjunctivitis, sore throat, sneezing, and slightly raised temperature.
  • The paroxysmal phase lasts for one week and presents with symptoms such as intense coughing fits, cough with expectoration, vomiting, and blueness of the skin in severe cases.
  • The convalescent phase lasts up to 3 months and symptoms gradually decrease in intensity and frequency.

What are the main causes?

Whooping cough is a bacterial infection caused by the organism Bordetella pertussis. The bacteria enter the lungs and cause swelling and irritation of the airways, mainly the windpipe and bronchi, leading to various respiratory complications. The infection is highly contagious and spreads from person to person through nose, mouth or eyes when the infected person coughs or sneezes and comes in direct contact with a healthy individual.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

The diagnosis of whooping cough includes:

  • Patient history taking
  • Clinical examination
  • A nasal swab or aspirate for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing
  • Culture test
  • Pertussis serological tests

Treatment of whooping cough includes early administration of antibiotics based on the physician’s clinical judgment.

Preventive measures include pertussis vaccination for infants and adults as per the national immunization scheme. Full dose diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine are administered to children. For adults who have completed their primary vaccination schedule, a booster dose is administered.


  1. Medicines for Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
  2. Doctors for Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
Dr. Jogya Bori

Dr. Jogya Bori

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Dr. Lalit Shishara

Dr. Lalit Shishara

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Dr. Alok Mishra

Dr. Alok Mishra

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Medicines for Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Medicines listed below are available for Whooping Cough (Pertussis). Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
Acnetoin TabletAcnetoin 10 Mg Tablet76.0
Agrocin TabletAgrocin 250 Mg Tablet11.0
AlthrocinAlthrocin 100 Mg Drop27.0
Citamycin TabletCitamycin 250 Mg Tablet38.0
Cynoryl TabletCynoryl 250 Mg Tablet50.0
E MycinE Mycin 100 Mg Suspension23.0
ErocinErocin 100 Mg Tablet63.0
ErokidErokid 125 Mg Tablet31.0
EromedEromed 125 Mg Suspension27.0
EryconErycon 250 Mg Tablet39.0
ErypalErypal 100 Mg Syrup23.0
ErysterEryster 250 Mg Tablet14.0
ErythrocinErythrocin 100 Mg Tablet16.0
ErythrolErythrol 250 Mg Tablet38.0
Erythrol KidErythrol Kid Tablet24.0
EstocinEstocin 5 Mg Eye Ointment62.0
Q MycinQ Mycin 125 Mg Tablet20.0
RekcinRekcin 2% Solution60.0
RethrocinRethrocin 150 Mg Tablet97.0
AllmycinAllmycin Syrup33.0
Althrocin ForteAlthrocin Forte 250 Mg Syrup31.0
Althrocin KidAlthrocin Kid 125 Mg Tablet25.0
AlthroxAlthrox 250 Mg Tablet167.0
Bestocin (Bestochem)Bestocin 250 Mg Injection7.0
BiomycinBiomycin 250 Mg Tablet46.0
Citamycin PCitamycin P Tablet19.0
EbEb 333 Mg Tablet58.0
ElthrocinElthrocin 500 Tablet58.0
EltocinEltocin 125 Mg Suspension31.0
ElucinElucin 250 Mg Tablet22.0
EnthrocinEnthrocin 250 Mg Tablet27.0
EroateEroate 250 Mg Tablet35.0
ErybestErybest 250 Mg Tablet41.0
Erycin (Cipla)Erycin Dt 125 Mg Tablet16.0
ErynEryn Suspension21.0
EryspansEryspans 250 Mg Capsule44.0
EryspicEryspic 250 Mg Tablet18.0
ErythoErytho 500 Mg Tablet36.0
Erythro (Cadila)Erythro 500 Mg Tablet19.0
ErythrokemErythrokem 125 Mg Syrup20.0
ErythromarkErythromark 125 Mg Syrup21.0
Erythromycin EstolErythromycin Estol 500 Mg Tablet19.0
ErythrotoneErythrotone 250 Mg Tablet24.0
EtominEtomin 125 Mg Suspension24.0
Ticin(Trq)Ticin Suspension18.0
AcrubAcrub 1% Lotion66.0
AfdethroAfdethro Cream15.0
ClinacClinac Gel66.0
Erycin (Dermo Care)Erycin (Dermo Care) Gel44.76
Gery OintGery Oint 3% Ointment26.5
SyniSyni 0.025% Gel49.0
AcnebenzAcnebenz Gel81.12
ErylentErylent Gel42.0
MedisoftMedisoft Cream14.86
OkamycinOkamycin 3% Cream28.75
Abhay TagAbhay Tag Injection17.5
Comvac 3Comvac 3 2520 Lf/57.5 Lf/1520 Ou Injection16.25
TripvacTripvac Injection40.0
BoostrixBoostrix Injection999.0
InfanrixInfanrix Injection767.05
PentaximPentaxim Injection2495.0
ADEL 10Adel 10 Deasth Drop215.0
ADEL 22Adel 22 Renelix Drop215.0
ADEL 7Adel 7 Apo Tuss Drop215.0
ADEL 83Adel 83 Bronchi Pertu Syrup340.0
Dr. Reckeweg Angustura v. DilutionAngustura V Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Angustura DilutionAngustura Vera Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Badiaga DilutionBadiaga Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL BC No 10Biocombination No. 10 Tablet135.0
ADEL Coccus Cacti DilutionCoccus Cacti Dilution 1 M155.0
Dr. Reckeweg R43Reckeweg R43 Asthma Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R8Reckeweg R8 Cough Syrup370.0
Dr. Reckeweg R9Reckeweg R9 Cough Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg Tribulus Terr QTribulus Terr Mother Tincture Q230.0
ADEL Yerba Santa Mother Tincture QYebra Santa Mother Tincture Q265.0
Dr. Reckeweg Yerba Santa QYerba Santa Mother Tincture Q265.0

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