This is known as dushta Kasa in Ayurveda. It is
an infectious bacterial disease, which occurs mainly in children.
In the beginning, it is marked by catarrh of the nose, sneezing,
watering of the eyes, irritation of the throat, feverishness, and
cough. Later, the symptoms of catarrh disappear but the cough
becomes more persistent. The cough is marked by paroxysms of
coughing, consisting of series of violent and rapid expiratory
coughs, succeeded by a loud, sonorous or crowing inspiration - the
whoop - hence the name, whooping cough. The patient sometime turns
blue in the face because the paroxysm deprives his lungs of air.
Children are usually more susceptible to the malady than adults.
According to Ayurveda, whooping cough is the result of disturbance
of the Vata dosha in the body.
- The patient must be protected against exposure and sudden
colds as they are liable to aggravate his condition and
hamper a quick recovery