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is croup cough contagious to adults

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Dr. John Leander Po
18 years experience Infectious Disease
Unlikely...: Though one may contract a virus by touching a contaminated surface and then touching the eyes, nose or mouth, the timing of your niece's illness ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Confusing question: In more than 3 decades of caring for kids, I have never labeled a 2 month old as having the croup.Cough, maybe, and usually from environmental irritan ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Bradin
28 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
52 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 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 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
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
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
50 years experience Pediatrics
1-4 weeks: Immunocompetent children infected with parainfluenza virus may shed virus for 1-3 weeks even after symptoms subside.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradley Younggren
22 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
25 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Curt Stankovic
20 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
58 years experience Pediatrics
Parainfluenza: Parainfluenza is contagious. Keep him home.

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