Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The following tips on dealing with coughing spells apply to anyone being treated for whooping cough at home:

  • Get plenty of rest. A cool, quiet and dark bedroom may help you relax and rest better.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Water, juice and soups are good choices. In children, especially, watch for signs of dehydration, such as dry lips, crying without tears and infrequent urination.
  • Eat smaller meals. To avoid vomiting after coughing, eat smaller, more-frequent meals rather than large ones.
  • Vaporize the room. Use a mist vaporizer to help soothe irritated lungs and to help loosen respiratory secretions. If you use a vaporizer, follow directions for keeping it clean. If you don't have a vaporizer, a warm shower or bath can temporarily help clear the lungs and ease breathing.
  • Clean the air. Keep your home free of irritants that can trigger coughing spells, such as tobacco smoke and fumes from fireplaces.
  • Prevent transmission. Cover your cough and wash your hands often; if you must be around others, wear a mask.
Mar. 19, 2013

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