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What is the difference between croup and asthma?

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Dr. Eric Lullove answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Croup is....: Inflammation of the larynx and trachea in children, associated with infection and causing breathing difficulties. Asthma is a respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing.

Answered 8/30/2012

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Dr. Rada Ivanov answered

Specializes in Pulmonary Critical Care

See below: In the past, croup was equivalent to diphtheria, which we don't see any more because of vaccination. Croup generally refers to upper respiratory problems (large airways) causing a bad cough. Asthma refers to lower respiratory problems (small airways) that become constricted and cause shortness of breath, cough and/or wheezing.

Answered 3/26/2013

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Dr. Yash Khanna answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Two different condit: Croup is virus infections which causes tracheeal and laryngeal edema and the child makes noises when breathing and most of times is self limiting and gets better without any treatment , sometimes in severe case requires systemic steroids.Asthma is a chronic airway disease with inflammation and narrowing of bronchi, causes cough, breathing difficulty and has to be treated with steroids&bronchodilater.

Answered 12/9/2013

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