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Can croup cause pneumonia?

Can croup cause pneumonia?

Not exactly: Croup describes a clinical syndrome that involves infection ( usually viral) of the upper airway and maybe the air tubes ( bronchitis) so it can not "cause pneumonia" however some of the viruses that can cause croup like symptoms can also infect the lower resp tract and cause pneumonia or infection of the air spaces in the lungs. ...Read more

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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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Symptoms of croup vs. Pneumonia in a preschooler; what are the differences?

Sveral: Croup is an infectious (usually viral) narrowing of the upper airway. Usually sounds like a dog barking. Pneumonia is an infection of the actual lung tissue. Usually presents with fever, persistant cough, chest pain; rapid, short breaths; vomiting- especially as a result of vomiting can also occur. ...Read more

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Treating Croup (Checklist)

Use a humidifier in your child's bedroom
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Sit in the bathroom with the hot shower on
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Prop your child's head up while sleeping
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Sleep in the same room as your child to ensure child is ok
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My niece is 21months & has croup about every 8weeks, has had pneumonia & bronchitis do you think she will be more likely to have asthma or alls?

My niece is 21months & has croup about every 8weeks, has had pneumonia & bronchitis do you think she will be more likely to have asthma or alls?

Maybe, maybe not: Some kids croup easily (with colds) and end up needing treatment for croup (sometimes prednisone) several times. A pediatric ENT doctor may need to check her throat & voice box. Usually, "croupers" outgrow it as they get bigger, and croup doesn't seem to increase their asthma chances. Having repeat "pneumonia" or "bronchitis" is different from croup, and can be signs of asthmatic cough symptoms. ...Read more

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Treating Croup (Checklist)

Don't panic!
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Take child into steamy bathroom
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Bundle up and take child into cold air
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Call your doctor
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My 8 yr old child has been ill since 10/2010. diangosis mono, strep, flu, sinus, croup, pneumonia. Need a specialist, don't know what kind. Help! ?

Depends on pattern: If your child has been healthy up till oct. 2010, but you've had trouble since, it seems like a new onset health problem. Were these DX from a continuing source of health care or multiple urgent care centers.(lables are cheep/ ot always accurate) i would wonder about mild asthma as a unifying DX for the majority of those listed. Start with ur dr and go from there. He/she will know whats available. ...Read more

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How long does it take for bronchitis to turn into pneumonia (i know it's rare, just curious)?

How long does it take for bronchitis to turn into pneumonia (i know it's rare,  just curious)?

Depends: On many factors, such as age and underlying condition of the patient, the type of bacteria or virus, the persons ability to fight off infections (immune response), whether or not any treatment was attempted, etc. ...Read more

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Treating Croup (Checklist)

Put on warm clothes and go outside or carry into steamy shower
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Give expectorant
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If severe, see Pediatrician for short course of oral steroids.
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RELAX...sounds worse than it is
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Does pneumonia turn toxic immediately or do you have pneumonia for a while? Please, need some answers?

Does pneumonia turn toxic immediately or do you have pneumonia for a while? Please, need some answers?

Depends: Various pneumonias with bacterial or viral etiologies. Some agressive.Can become more severe if complicated by empyema. Adenovirus, streptococcal, staphyloccal can b virulent Depends on sensitivity of organism to antibiotic. Viral infections can have superimposed necrotic bact pna.Healthy young person may take week of recovery from pneumonia.For middle-aged people, it may be weeks and older longer ...Read more

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Pneumonia (Definition)

The most common definition is an infection involving the lung. Several noninfectious disorders can cause inflammation of the lung which is ...Read more

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