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What are the symptoms of croup?

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Dr. Melissa Arca
Specializes in Pediatrics
The Barking Cough: Croup is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract. The symptoms of croup initially mimic that of the common cold. Runny nose, congestion, and fever are soon followed by the telltale barking cough. This cough literally sounds like a seal bark and is typically worse at night. Children also tend to have a hoarse voice. Once you hear the cough of croup, you will never forget it.
Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Barky cough, Stridor: Croup describes an inflammation of the windpipe, that can be caused by many different viruses. Typical symptoms include a barky cough and noisy breathing (stridor). Treatment consists of cool mist or steam, and sometimes oral steroids or breathing treatments.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Standard Symptoms: A classic sound described as a seal bark or dog bark. Usually worse at nite and 1st thing in the morning.It can be confirmed by your pediatrician. Learn to ignore the sound, but judge the severity by the discomfort of the child.Mild discomfort may respond to steaming the bathroom or a walk outside, more severe breathing trouble needs seen asap in the local er.The root infection is a cold virus.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Barking cough: Croup is condition that causes an inflammation of the upper airway —larynx and trachea. It often leads to a barking cough or hoarseness, especially when child cries. in children 6 months to 3 years old, but can affect older kids too.Cold symptoms, like a stuffy nose and fever predate airway noise.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
The symptoms of Croup include:: Fatigue, Barking cough, Breathing difficulty, Hoarseness, Lethargy, Runny nose, Congestion, Fever.

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What are the symptoms of Croup disease?

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Dr. Hilary Petersel
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Croup: Croup is a viral infection caused by parainfluenza virus and causes cough and URI sympoms. Cough tends to be worse at night and sound barky like a seal. Treatment if symptoms are minor are steamy shower or cool air outside. If symptoms are severe nebulized medications or oral/intramuscular steroids may be needed. Fever and sore throat may be present.
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What are the most common symptoms of croup?

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Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Barky cough: Barky cough. Sometimes described as sounding like a seal. Usually associated with a fever and runny nose. There can be shortness of breath or labored breathing. There can also be hoarseness and a raspy breathing sound called stridor. Some children drool. Some children have trouble sleeping. The cough can be painful.
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Doctors, what are the symptoms of croup?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Multiple/barky cough: Croup is associated with a barky cough and can be alleviated by warm moist air. It is most often caused by a viral infection. Other associated symptoms include nasal congestion, fever and possibly vomiting associated with the cough.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What do I do for croup?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Call doc.: See your doctor first! in my practice, after i determine hospitalization is not needed, I use two homeopathic remedies that work well for croup. Spongia and hepar sulf. Details for use can be found in common sense pediatrics.

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