Our expert says:
Pertussis or some of the other viruses can cause coughing for up to 6 weeks. It is rare to see patients with pertussis these days as all people in South Africa gets DPT vaccinations as children and should be immune or partly immune to whooping cough. The incidence now is about 1-3/100 000 people.
Treatment with corticosteroids, salbutamol, or antihistamines may help to reduce the cough while the disease runs its course. Please discuss with your doctor. Boererate won't help, unfortunately.
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