This is known as dushta Kasa in Ayurveda. It is an infectious bacterial disease, which occurs mainly in children.
Causes & Symptoms:
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.