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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


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Beginning stages of the croup. Some stridor and seal barking cough only when crying/coughing. Raspy. No fever. What can I do? 14m baby.

Beginning stages of the croup. Some stridor and seal barking cough only when crying/coughing. Raspy. No fever. What can I do? 14m baby.

Symptomatic measures: Croup is a viral infection of the upper airway. Antibiotics will not help. Often humidified air--running the shower--or cold air will help. A lot of fluids as well. If the stridor is severe or worrisome evaluation by the pediatrician is indicated. Sometimes one dose of a steroid is given to reduce the inflammation/swelling of the airway. Keeping the baby calm until this runs its course will also help ...Read more

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Son has a barking cough. This would be 4th time with croup. Should I contact pediatrician again if there's no fever and isn't turning blue?

Son has a barking cough. This would be 4th time with croup. Should I contact pediatrician again if there's no fever and isn't turning blue?

Mgt: His acute illness is most likely due to a viral infection. Humidified air with cool mist can help. Keep him well hydrated and please monitor his temperature. If he experiences any drooling or difficulty breathing a visit to the ED is indicated. Since it is recurrent, other considerations include a narrowing of the airway, which can be evaluated further. Has he had a Chest X Ray? ...Read more

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My daughter has asthma and this morning developed a dry barking cough and a fever of 102.0. How do I help her? I was told no cough suppresants

My daughter has asthma and this morning developed a dry barking cough and a fever of 102.0. How do I help her? I was told no cough suppresants

No cough: Suppressants for people who suffer from asthma. It will constrict the airway more making cough worst. Increase warm liquids & expectorant will be more beneficial. She should see her pediatrician to rule out pneumonia, ear/ throat!/ sinus or viral infection overlapping exacerbation of her asthma attack! And get treated as soon as possible before condition get worst and end up in the hospital ...Read more

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My 5 year old son has a barking cough and is vomitting. Is this just a virus or should I take him to the peds tomorrow? No fever.

My 5 year old son has a barking cough and is vomitting.  Is this just a virus or should I take him to the peds tomorrow?  No fever.

Maybe croup: The characteristic cough of croup is barking of a dog or seal. It is often caused by parainfluenza viruses. Coughing can be quite bothersome and many children have post-tussive emesis (vomiiting from coughing). Try some cough syrup. Such as robitussin (guaifenesin). If not adequate, he may need to see doc for eval and treatment such as albuterol/steroid/ and stronger cough meds etc... Good luck. ...Read more

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8y/o with dry, barking cough, weigh loss, and recurrent fever for almost 1 month. Been checked by a physician and took antibiotic but no improvements?

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8y/o with dry, barking cough, weigh loss, and recurrent fever for almost 1 month. Been checked by a physician and took antibiotic but no improvements?

Pertussis?: A long illness like that suggests an infection like pertussis; it sounds like you are beyond the window period for when an antibiotic may be effective. It lasts for about 6 weeks and resolves by itself with just supportive care. ...Read more

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Have had barking cough for 3 weeks, no fever, ribs hurt bad from coughing, thick mucous I can't cough up. Now lost voice and was in fire 30 days ago.

Have had barking cough for 3 weeks, no fever, ribs hurt bad from coughing, thick mucous I can't cough up.  Now lost voice and was in fire 30 days ago.

Go to pulmonary dr: You may be experiencing sequela from inhalation injury from the fire 30 days ago. Irritation of the lungs and airways can incite an inflammatory response with bronchospam and an outpouring of inflammatory exudate and edema. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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21 mo old, with a barking cough. Had a 103.0 fever thurs night none curret. Coughing so hard he's throwing up. Doc on thurs says he looks fne. Any idea?

21 mo old, with a barking cough. Had a 103.0 fever thurs night none curret. Coughing so hard he's throwing up. Doc on thurs says he looks fne. Any idea?

URI: Sounds like he/she had a bad case of acute upper respiratory infection, which is now resolving. It may have been due to any of many bacterial or viral infections. If there's any concern at this time, please take him/her back to the doc. ...Read more

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My 6 mo old is running a fever of 100.4 off and on. Green drainage from nose and barking cough. Should I take him to the ER since dr office is clos?

My 6 mo old is running a fever of 100.4 off and on.  Green drainage from nose and barking cough.  Should I take him to the ER since dr office is clos?

Taking Fluids ???: Sounds like a cold.If your boy has taken enough fluids to we diapers every 6hr & is playful at times this is something that can wait until regular office hours. ...Read more

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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?

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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I'm sick and I have a fever, sore throat, barking cough, and a head ache. Will OTC meds work for this?

I'm sick and I have a fever, sore throat, barking cough, and a head ache. Will OTC meds work for this?

Depends...: If the fever is low-grade, then you probably have a virus which will run its course in a few days to week. In that case, symptom control is the treatment and some otc meds can help. On the other hand, if your fever is higher, you likely have a bacterial infection which will respond to antibiotics. See your doctor for specific diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My five-year old boy has a temperature of 39.4 and a barking cough could this be croup if it is what should I do if not croup what could it be?

My five-year old boy has a temperature of 39.4 and a barking cough could this be croup if it is what should I do if not croup what could it be?

Croup: This certainly may be croup which is a viral infection that affects the upper part of the airway. The inflammation in this area is the cause of the barky cough. This is treated with cool air and possibly a dose of steroids. There are other more serious conditions that are similiar to croup so you should see a doctor asap. Croup is usually mild and lasts a few days. All kids will get croup. ...Read more

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Barking cough after flu last week. Dr says lungs sound 'clean' and it's probably just from flu. Mild short of breath, mild wheezing. What to do?

Barking cough after flu last week. Dr says lungs sound 'clean' and it's probably just from flu. Mild short of breath, mild wheezing. What to do?

Re-examination.: If this was just the flu, it would typically be resolving after one week, so the fact that you're still having symptoms has me curious, especially if those symptoms are pulmonary as you've described. I would have your doctor reconsider your diagnosis at this point. ...Read more

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Both toddlers have croupy cough runny nose&fever (103.5-105.1) that spike &break without meds. Do I need a doc appt? Or just let it run itscourse?

Both toddlers have croupy cough runny nose&fever (103.5-105.1) that spike &break without meds. Do I need a doc appt? Or just let it run itscourse?

It depends: As you are likely aware, croup is a viral illness for which there is no curative treatment, and resolves on its own with time. A PCP visit is warranted with the following: stridor at rest, respiratory distress, dehydration, persistent fever beyond 5 days, NEW fever (one that starts several days after the other symptoms), lethargy, extreme irritability or any symptom that seems unusual to you. ...Read more

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Croupy cough, 99.5 fever, elucidate slightly swollen, fell 2 weeks ago scraped knee, 2 boils where scraped Gave mucinex, (guaifenesin) put bactroban on boils?

Croupy cough, 99.5 fever, elucidate slightly swollen, fell 2 weeks ago scraped knee, 2 boils where scraped Gave mucinex, (guaifenesin) put bactroban on boils?

Viral infection: Having croupy cough and low grade fever indicates that you have viral infection. Two boils on scraped knee 2 weeks back may be healing by now and not causing any fever. Anyhow if it bothers you,better talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has had a barking cough for over a week now, what could this be? No other symptoms apart from hoers voice

Croup: Your child most likely has croup, which is caused by a virus. It causes swelling around the vocal cords, resulting in a hoarse voice and barking cough. It is usually worse at night. Give him lots of clear liquids. Take him in the bathroom with the shower running to breathe steamy air. Call your doctor if a fever >101, more trouble breathing, or not tolerating fluids well. ...Read more

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I have been having a serious barking cough, for weeks now. It maybe allergic as the pollen count is very high these days. Can anyone help me?

I have been having a serious barking cough, for weeks now. It maybe allergic as the pollen count is very high these days. Can anyone help me?

Maybe not allergic: A barking cough suggests involvement of the windpipe and voice box — not the usual areas for allergies. Think croup, laryngotracheobronchitis, and whooping cough. Cough-variant asthma, vocal cord dysfunction, and acid reflux should also be considered. Your health care professional — medical assistant, nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, md — can help you figure this out. ...Read more

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My 3yo son has what I think is croup. Horrible barking cough that will not let up day or night. I have tried everything and not much relief. Plz advise?

My 3yo son has what I think is croup. Horrible barking cough that will not let up day or night. I have tried everything and not much relief. Plz advise?

Probably croup: It can be managed at home unless he starts with distressed breathing. That means seeing muscles in neck moving or abdomen rocking. It will sound bad. It is worse at night and gets progressively worse and peaks on third day then improves. At night bundle up and go out in cold to help the breathing and cough. Usually sound worse than child feels. Can have a high temp too. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Barking Cough (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more