If you have pertussis
then it is a bad infection to have.
i DONT THINK STEROIDS
HAVE ANY ROLE THERE BUT A GOOD ANTIBIOTIC IN THE GROUP OF MACROLIDES LIKE AZITHROMYCIN
OR CLATHROMYCIN FOR 5-7 DAYS.
If you have a suffocating feeling then you should immediately see a doctor as there is a high chance of developing hypoxia