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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Croup is usually triggered by one of several upper respiratory viruses that are all contageous.However, the croup like illness is rather age specific, ... Read More

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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Maher Eldadah
Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care
It is unlikely: For an adult to get the croup. Croup is caused by a virus which inflames the larynx (voice box). In children the larynx is small and when inflamed i ... Read More
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes and no: Croup is triggered by several common respiratory viruses that can infect anyone at any age that is not immune.However, the response of each patient is ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Bradin
27 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Yes: Croup typically due to a variety of many viral illnesses- can be spread by cough, sneeze, sputum.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Yes: Adults can become infected with same virus that caused their child’s croup. However, adults and older children have larger airways, and the illness i ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradley Younggren
21 years experience Emergency Medicine
LIke a common cold: Croup is caused by a virus and is contagious. To put it in perspective, it is as contagious as a common cold. Good hand washing with soap and water o ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julan Crane
24 years experience Pediatrics
Croup: Not sure why you get "croup" but if you are running fevers with it consider yourself contagious. And since croup is caused by a virus you could spre ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
1-4 weeks: Immunocompetent children infected with parainfluenza virus may shed virus for 1-3 weeks even after symptoms subside.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Curt Stankovic
19 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
No: Steroid administration does not affect the transmission of croup. Steroids are administered to reduce difficulty breathing associated with croup. Th ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Parainfluenza: Parainfluenza is contagious. Keep him home.
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Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Shedding for awhile: Viral shedding, or period of contagiousness, for these types of viruses can last weeks, and are shed through the upper respiratory structures. Howeve ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Croup: Look for barking cough, hoarseness and noisy breathing called stridor.Symptoms may be mild to moderate and get worse at night.It is contagious and cau ... Read More
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