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Do adults get croup?

Do adults get croup?

Yes: Adults can become infected with same virus that caused their child’s croup. However, adults and older children have larger airways, and illness is usually mild and can seem more like a cold. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Croup (Definition)

Croup is a description of variety on upper respiratory tract condition in children, including laryngitis, laryngotracheitis, laryngotracheobronchitis, bacterial tracheitis or spasmodic croup. Common symptoms are: cough, inspiratory stridor, hoarseness, barking cough, sore ...Read more


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When will adult croup stop?

When will adult croup stop?

Adult croup: Croup is by definition hoarseness, stridor (the sound of air moving through an obstruction), and hoarseness. Generally croup is an illness of childhood.There is one fixed area in the airway called the subglottis. Kids get croup because this area is small and when is swells in reponse to inflammation/infection, the area becomes more narrow. If you have a persisent barky cough, see a physician. ...Read more

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Can an adult get croup like a child?

Virus yes, Sx no: The croup is a description of a group of similar respiratory illnesses that come to a common symptom.The deep cough of the 6m to 8yo sounds like a seal bark.The process is triggered by a variety of viruses that commonly cause uri's or laryngitis in adults.The reason for the barking noise is the vibrations made by the kids rubbery airway during a cough.The adult airway is to stiff to vibrate. ...Read more

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Why does my son continue to catch croup?

Croup: Croup is usually casued by a virus and is usually seen during the winter season. If a child has croup like symptoms during the wrong season or has recurrent croup, her/his airway may need to be evaluated by flexibel bronchoscopy to make sure that there are no structural abnormalities of the upper airway (congenital or acquired). ...Read more

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Is croup contagious to an adult?

Is croup contagious to an adult?

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 is usually mild and can seem more like cold. ...Read more

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Are there ways to prevent the relaps of croup in children?

Are there ways to prevent the relaps of croup in children?

Depends: Croup is a common in young children whose airways are rubbery & can make frightful noise with a forcefull cough. Several different viruses are implicated and recurrence over several seasons is common. Spasmotic croup is related to asthma & may recurr more.Your pediatrician should help you sort our your childs pattern so meds can be used if indicated. ...Read more

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Is croup contagious to adults? My niece has it she lives upstairs

Is croup contagious to adults? My niece has it she lives upstairs

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, occuring most fro age 6 m to 6 yr. Older kids or adults tend to have cold like symptoms or laryngitis if they get the germ. If a person has been infected by that virus strain before they would be immune. ...Read more

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Please tell me can a 14 year old catch croup?

Please tell me can a 14 year old catch croup?

Yes: Adults can become infected with same virus that caused their child’s croup. However, adults and older children have larger airways, and illness is usually mild and can seem more like a cold. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a childrens disease called croup caused by?

Could you explain what is a childrens disease called croup caused by?

Viral illness: Croup is usually viral illness affecting upper airway that is self limited. Most cases of viral croup are mild and can be treated at home. Usually with barking type of cough. Should consult physician to evaluate child for degree of respiratory difficulty and confirm diagnosis. Sometimes necessary to add steroids to albuterol and humidifier therapy if difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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Best home remedy for adult with the croup.

Hot steam helps: Try going ino the washroom and turn on the hot shower and steam yourself20-30 minutes several times a day. ...Read more

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