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I always get croup cough a week before I get a virus or cold! It's like my own personal alarm! Why is this???

I always get croup cough a week before I get a virus  or cold! It's like my own personal alarm! Why is this???

Needs evaluation: in most cases it is undiagnosed asthma or reactive airway disease. You may want to see a pediatric allergist or pulmonary specialist ...Read more

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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What is the difference between croup and a regular cough?

What is the difference between croup and a regular cough?

Characteristic cough: Croup is typically caused by a number of viruses and has a characteristic barky cough. The quality of the cough is similar to a seal barking. ...Read more

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Help my son's cough wont go away! is croup. Middle of night?

Help my son's cough wont go away! is croup. Middle of night?

Croup: Croup is an acute infection, not chronic. Croup can be severe the first 2-3 days then slowly gets better. Use a humidifier, mist up the bathroom, take your child out in the cold air. You said it won't go away, how long has he had it? Your child may have something else. Schedule an appointment with your child's doctor. ...Read more

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5 y/o being treated for croup, cough is getting worse- but more bronchitis than croup. Is this to be expected? Croup 3X this year.

5 y/o being treated for croup, cough is getting worse- but more bronchitis than croup. Is this to be expected?  Croup 3X this year.

Mgt/ workup: Croup may recur and is caused by a number of viruses. I would suggest seeing your pediatric lung specialist.In addition, airway structural changes, foreign body aspiration and persistent inflammation of the airway may be related to the symptoms. A virtual appointment is also available. Making a recording of the sound and noting when it is worse, will help in the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What cough medicine should I give my son for croup?

What cough medicine should I give my son for croup?

See below:: The current cornerstones of treatment in the urgent care clinics or emergency departments are corticosteroids and nebulized epinephrine; steroids have proven beneficial in severe, moderate, and even mild croup. In the straightforward cases of croup, antibiotics are not prescribed, as the primary cause is viral. Of note: little evidence supports the clinical efficacy of cool mist. ...Read more

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What cough medicine is good for a child with croup?

What cough medicine is good for a child with croup?

None: Cough medicine is not recommended in general for young children and not indicated for classic croup. If the child has concerning croup symptoms they should be seen by physician as they may require other medications such as steroids. Cool air and warm moist air can both also decrease symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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