Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is an infection of
the respiratory system caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis
(or B. pertussis). It's characterized by severe coughing spells
that end in a "whooping" sound when the person breathes
Symptoms of whooping cough
The disease begins with a cold and a mild cough. After this, the
typical coughing bouts set in. The coughing continues until no air
is left in the lungs. After this comes a deep intake of breath that
produces a heaving, 'whooping' sound when the air passes the larynx
(windpipe) that gives rise to the name of the disease.
The patient will eventually cough up some phlegm and these attacks
may well be followed by vomiting. The child's temperature is likely
to remain normal.
A bout of whooping cough can be very distressing for both the
child and the parents who feel unable to help.
Coughing attacks may occur up to 40 times a day and the disease
can last for up to eight weeks.
Homeopathic Remedies & Homeopathy Treatment for Whooping Cough
Drosera is one of the remedies praised by Hahnemann; indeed, he
once said that Drosera 30th sufficed to cure nearly every case of
whooping cough, a statement which clinical experience has not verified.
Drosera, however, will benefit a large number of the cases, if the
following indications be present: a barking cough in such frequent
paroxysms as to prevent the catching of the breath; worse in the
evening. All efforts to raise the phlegm end in retching and vomiting.
The attacks are especially worse after midnight; the child holds
its epigastrium while coughing. The drosera child cries a great
deal. Arnica has crying before coughing because recollection or
previous soreness and pain in present. Bayes says: "Drosera
is more useful in whooping cough than any other remedy in our Materia
Medica." Unlike Hahnemann, however, he claims that the higher
dilutions are powerless, and he prescribes the first. Drosera acts
better in pure, uncomplicated whooping cough, and while it will
correspond to some epidemics it will fail in others.
Solanum Carolinense has a good clinical record in explosive and
spasmodic coughs, and is recommended by electric physicians as almost
#Castanea vesca [Cast-v]
Has also been vaunted as a specific in the 3x dilution.
In whooping cough accompanied with convulsions, or when the paroxysms
are long and interrupted, Cuprum will be the remedy. Spasms of the
flexor muscles predominate. The cough is very violent and threatens
suffocation. This remedy will come in sometimes very nicely after
Drosera and do good work. The patient coughs up a tough, gelatinous
mucus, there is much rattling in the chest, and the face and lips
are bluish. A great characteristic of the remedy is the relief from
a swallow of cold water. Hale mentions the usefulness of Cuprum
in cases accompanied with spasms, clenched hands, etc.
#Corallium rubrum. [Cor-r]
This is a very useful remedy in severe cases of whooping cough.
Before the cough there is a smothering sensation. The child gaps
and becomes black in the face. It is a remedy for that shot, quick,
ringing cough known as the "minute gun" cough. The smothering
shows itself in the form of gasping, crowing inspirations. After
each attack of cough the child sinks back perfectly exhausted. No
other drug produces such a violent paroxysm. It is perhaps oftener
indicated in the later stages of the affection, but the neurotic
element must be present, and also the constriction of the chest
before the attacks. The crowing inspiration of whoop is not so pronounced
as under Mephitis. Dr. Teste recommended Corallium and Chelidonium
as comprising the entire therapeutics or whooping cough, and Dunham
praises Corallium in violent cases.
#Coccus cacti. [Coc-c]
This remedy has paroxysms of cough with vomiting of clear, ropy
mucus, extending in thick, long strings even to the floor. This
is sometimes seen in children who cough and cough with this tenacious
mucus stringing from mouth and nose, waving to and fro until it
finally gives way. The paroxysms come on in the morning, and accompanying
them there is often vomiting of a clear, ropy mucus. Eructations
of wind following cough are an indication for Ambra grisea. Coccus
is a useful remedy for the protracted bronchial catarrhs remaining
after whooping cough. The excessive secretion of mucus under Coccus
is marked and causes the child to strangle. The choking is most
characteristic, even more so than the strangling.
Mephitis is useful in a cough with a well marked laryngeal spasm,
a whoop. Cough is worse at night on lying down, there is a suffocated
feeling, and the child cannot exhale. Farrington observes that this
remedy will often apparently make the patient worse, while it really
tends to shorten the course of the disease. The catarrhal symptoms
calling Mephitis are slight, but the whoop is prominent. The smothering
comes on with cough, while with Corallium rubrum it comes on before
the cough, and is followed by great exhaustion. There is not much
expectoration with Mephitis. There are many spasmodic symptoms with
this remedy, such as cramping of the legs at night. The writer has
also seen good results from Naphthalin when the cough is very dry
and catarrhal symptoms not pronounced, and the paroxysms of extreme
length, and the constriction of the chest are present. It is a remedy
that is especially suitable to whooping cough in adults. One of
Hahnemann's therapeutic hints in whooping cough is ledum, which
has a spasmodic racking cough, and should be thought of in connection
with this affection.
In sudden violent paroxysms of whooping cough, without any expectoration,
and the symptoms of cerebral congestion, Belladonna will be found
useful. Epistaxis may accompany, and the patient is worse at night.
Boenninghausen says that it is suitable mostly in the beginning
of the disease, or, later, when there is fever. Often in the beginning
of the disease it use will shorten and modify the disease. Another
indication for belladonna is present when the attacks terminate
by sneezing. The cough is excited by a tickling in the throat, as
if from down. Retching and vomiting and pain in the stomach are
prominent symptoms, but when Belladonna is the remedy the congestive
symptoms will be present and active, the onset sudden; the child
grasps at the throat and clings to its mother, as if frightened.
Convulsive cough, where the child stiffness out and becomes blue
or pale and loses its breath, great nausea and relief from vomiting
are prominent symptoms for Ipecac. A "gagging cough" is
a good indication for the remedy. The discharge of mucus is copious
and tenacious, and the patient is very weak after the attacks. Violent
shattering coughs following each other in quick succession, not
permitting recovery of breath, indicate Ipecac. he child is limp
and weak, and there is free perspiration. Sulphur is an excellent
remedy for vomiting after the paroxysmal cough.
#Antimonium tartaricum. [Ant-t]
With this remedy the child is worse when excited or angry, or when
eating; the cough culminates in vomiting of mucus and food. There
is much rattling of mucus in the chest, but the expectoration is
slight. The child demanding Antimonium tartaricum will be irritable
and cross, and will cry, when approached; the tongue will be white
and weakness will be present. If diarrhea be present with great
debility and depression of vital forces, or if the child vomits
its supper shortly after midnight, Antimonium tartaricum will be
the remedy. It also has marked aggravation form warm drinks.
This is not always a worm remedy. It is a most excellent remedy
in whooping cough. It has the same rigidity as Ipecac, the child
stiffness out and there is a clucking sound in the oesophagus when
the little one comes out of the paroxysm. Grinding of the teeth
during sleep will further indicate Cina. It, is of course, specially
indicated by symptoms of worms and in children who are predisposed
#Magnesia phosphorica. [Mag-p]
This is the prominent Schuesslerian remedy for whooping cough, which
begins as does common cold. The attacks are convulsive and nervous,
ending in a whoop. Clinically, I have found this remedy, used in
the 30th potency, to act marvelously in certain epidemics. While
associated with Dr. William Boericke, of San Francisco, it was not
an uncommon thing for a patient to come to us for "some of
our whooping cough remedy," which was nothing else than Magnesia
phosphorica 30th. It seemed especially adapted to the then prevailing
epidemic. The indications may be stated as cough in severe paroxysms,
with blue or swollen and livid face, with a severe whoop.
Kali sulphuricum will also at times be found useful.
#Sanguinaria nitrate. [Sang]
This remedy is useful when there is hoarseness, rawness in the
throat and larynx, and headache.
# Kali bichromicum. [Kali-bi]
This remedy suits cases where there is a hoarse cough; child breathes
superficially and rapidly to prevent attacks of coughing. It is
a coarser cough than that of Hepar, worse from eating and on inspiring
deeply; there is a general catarrhal involvement of the nose, throat
and frontal sinus, and the expectoration is yellow, tough and stringy,
differing from that of Coccus cacti in being yellow.
Coqueluchin or Pertussin, a nosode
of whooping cough, is advocated by Dr. J. H. Clarke, of London,
who claims food results from its use. A spasmodic hacking, deep-sounding,
croupy cough with coryza and difficulty in getting the breath seem
to be the indications. Cartier and others report success with the
remedy. It is better used not lower than the 30th.