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Dr. Michael DePietro
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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Can croup cause pneumonia?

Dr. Michael DePietro
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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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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


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

Dr. Alan Levine
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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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Dr. Robert Kwok
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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?

Dr. Robert Kwok
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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?

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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Dr. Katharine Cox
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My 10 year old son was diagnosed with pneumonia last Friday, he has taken his antibiotic for 3 days. He woke up this a.m. with the croup. Related?

Dr. Katharine Cox
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My 10 year old son was diagnosed with pneumonia last Friday, he has taken his antibiotic for 3 days. He woke up this a.m. with the croup. Related?

Maybe: the same virus but the treatment is different so he should be rechecked. All the best. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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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! ?

Dr. James Ferguson
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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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Dr. Charles Gordon
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Son prescribed orapred for croup. Would he still get a fever if he developed pneumonia or sinus infection or do the steroids suppress fever?

Dr. Charles Gordon
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Son prescribed orapred for croup.  Would he still get a fever if he developed pneumonia or sinus infection or do the steroids suppress fever?

They might: Prednisone is a potent anti-inflammatory drug and should be used sparingly under your docs supervision. Hope that he gets better soon! Happy New Year! ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Is it ok for my 6 year old to take emergen c. He has pneumonia and start of croop. So was wanting to see if this helped get better faster.

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Is it ok for my 6 year old to take emergen c. He has pneumonia and start of croop. So was wanting to see if this helped get better faster.

Emergen C: Emergen c will not hasten his recovery from pneumonia despite the increased vitamin c present in the drink. ...Read more

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

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

Depends on cause.: Viral and certain bacterial pneumoniae can hit you pretty quick and hard. Others, such as the atypical pneumoniae, can develop more slowly and can even be overlooked as a milder infection. But all pneumoniae must be taken seriously. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Help please! could croup turn into bronchitis?

Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Help please! could croup turn into bronchitis?

Croup: Most cases of croup are viral in origin. Infectious bronchitis can develop as a secondary infection in some children. ...Read more

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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Please tell me, could bronchitis turn into pneumonia?

Dr. Ryan Phasouk
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Please tell me, could bronchitis turn into pneumonia?

Yes: The diagnosis of bronchitis is made by a physician, from a thorough history and physical. It is generally a self-limiting inflammation of the airways in the lung due to an upper respiratory infection. In general, it includes a cough that last at least 5 days and is associated with sputum production. Pneumonia can develop from bronchitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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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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