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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Barking Cough (Overview)

A barking cough is a symptom in which a child's cough sounds like a seal's barking. It is called croup and is usually caused by a viral infection in the larynx (voice box area). Adults with similar viral infections don't cough the barking sound because adults have larger voice boxes.


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What may be causing my child's barking seal cough?

What may be causing my child's barking seal cough?

Viral croup: There are many viruses that will invade the upper airway of a kid 6m-8y and trigger an outpouring of mucous & cough that sounds like a seal barking. This is generally a 4-5 day illness with low grade temp but sometimes complicated by an ear infection.Some cases are quite dramatic, marked by late night scary events&trips to the er while daytime brings harsh voice.Have kid seen if signs are worrisom. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
71 doctors shared insights

Barking Cough (Overview)

A barking cough is a symptom in which a child's cough sounds like a seal's barking. It is called croup and is usually caused by a viral infection in the larynx (voice box area). Adults with similar viral infections don't cough the barking sound because adults have larger voice boxes.


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What can you do to relieve a barking cough?

What can you do to relieve a barking cough?

Barking seals cough: This is seen in croup. It helps to expose the child to a cold and humid air. Croup usually occcurs in the winter months and so opening up the window and letting your child breath at the window helps. If you can take the child outside sefely that works better. Humidifiers may help as well. If the child is having respiratory difficulty then u should take the child to er asap. ...Read more

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Barking cough (Tip)

If you have postnasal drip, try Chlorphenerimine. It's much better than new antihistamines 4 cough. ...See more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Treating a Cough (Checklist)

Try over-the-counter cough medications at the start of a cough
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If the coughing persists or worsens, see a doctor promptly
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If you have chest pain or shortness of breath with cough, see a doctor
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Have histoplasmosis and have a barking cough coughing up green mucous and red tinted mucous.Had bronchoscopy 4 days ago?

Have histoplasmosis and have a barking cough coughing up green mucous and red tinted mucous.Had bronchoscopy 4 days ago?

Call doctor: Best to call your doctor who did the bronchoscopy four days ago. They need to be made aware that you're having green mucus, and blood tinged sputum. They will be able to better assist you in providing treatment plan, or follow-up to return to the office. You may need to be placed on medications. Plus this needs to be documented in your chart. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a cough?

How do I get rid of a cough?

Cough: One needs to first identify the cause of the cough before it can be treated. Common causes are certain post nasal drainage, post viral cough, medications such as ace inhibitors, and extraesophageal or laryngopharyngeal reflux. Other more obscure causes can also treatable - eg ear wax impaction. Rarely, a cause cannot be identified. See a medical provider if your cough persists. ...Read more

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Barking cough (Tip)

1st line go to treatments-chlorphenerimine, zantac and nexium, get tested for asthma. ...See more

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Treating Whooping Cough (Checklist)

Control the cough with medications and keep hydrated
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Finish all antibiotics, even if the patient is improving or better
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Assure all immunizations are up to date, and avoid newborns when sick
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For 3 days I've had a barking cough, a slight fever, body aches, runny nose and im weak and shakey. What could it be and should I see a doctor?

For 3 days I've had a barking cough, a slight fever, body aches, runny nose and im weak and shakey. What could it be and should I see a doctor?

Yes: You could have whooping cough, which is a bacterial infection that may appear to be a severe cold. If you do have it, you are contagious, and antibiotics will help you get better faster, and prevent you giving it to others. Most respiratory infections are viral, and antibiotics do not help. If you have had a vaccination called tdap, it is unlikely you have whooping cough, as the vaccine protects. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Barking cough (Tip)

Treat early with antibiotics if diagnosed with whooping cough. ...See more

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What can you do to relieve a barking cough?

Barking seals cough: This is seen in croup. It helps to expose the child to a cold and humid air. Croup usually occcurs in the winter months and so opening up the window and letting your child breath at the window helps. If you can take the child outside sefely that works better. Humidifiers may help as well. If the child is having respiratory difficulty then u should take the child to er asap. ...Read more

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I am getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

I am getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

Get Evaluated: Cough is a symptom of an underlying disease. If a cough persists then it needs to be evaluated by one's physician. ...Read more

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Barking cough (Tip)

If a child in the home has whooping cough, make sure EVERYONE around the child is vaccinated. ...See more

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What to do if getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

What to do if getting sick all the time, lots of barking cough?

Consistent illness: Chronic or recurrent symptoms warrant medical evaluation to determine cause. ...Read more

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What to do about a barking cough after travelling to a country?

What to do about a barking cough after travelling to a country?

Get med check.: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. lemon juice & 1 tsp. honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more

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Barking cough (Tip)

Don ' t forget to get immunized . Do give supportive treatment and make your child comfortable. ...See more

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What to do if I have a barking cough after travelling to a country?

Get a diagnosis: The best way to do that is see a doc. Depending on what country you went to, and what your exposures were will start the process of getting a diagnosis, and thus a good treatment. Sometimes, those answers cannot be provided, and treatment has to be given as a 'best guess' approach. If the symptoms are really troublesome, I would try to be seen ASAP. Especially because you don't want to spread this ...Read more

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What can I do or give my child, who is 6 yrs old, for a barking cough?

What can I do or give my child, who is 6 yrs old, for a barking cough?

Croup?: It sounds like croup. Humidifyimg the air in his room is helpful. Your doctor may prescribe either a steroid like Decadron (dexamethasone) and possibly racemic epinephrine. Encourage your child to drink well if he is able to also. ...Read more

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Barking cough (Tip)

Avoid exposing babies until your child is not contagious—it is deadly for them. ...See more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more