croup vs pertussis

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Dr. Jason Adler answered:

With croup, when to wait vs. when to go to the E.R.?

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If your child shows signs of difficulty breathing, then seek medical attention. These signs include retractions (sucking in the skin between ribs with breathing), tracheal tugging (sucking in skin above sternum with breathing), noisy breathing at rest, flaring of the nostrils, blue or dusky color in face or lips, lethargy, extreme irritability, and poor oral intake. If unsure, seek care.
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Dr. Alan J. Levine answered:

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

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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.
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Is there a difference treating croup with nebulized epinephrine vs recimic epinephrine?

Different meds

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These are different forms of the same basic med & provided in different concentrations. Epi (1%) racemic @ 2.5%. There is qualitative differences on their effectiveness in a given patient.
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What is Croup?

A Cold Varient

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A classic sound described as a seal bark or dog bark. Usually worse at nite and 1st thing in the morning.It can be confirmed by your pediatrician. Learn to ignore the sound,but judge the severity by the discomfort of the child.Mild discomfort may respond to steaming the bathroom or a walk outside, More severe breathing trouble needs seen ASAP in the local ER.The root infection is a cold virus
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What is croup?

Seal Bark

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Croup is an inflammation and swelling of the trachea (windpipe) and larynx (voice box). It is usually caused by a virus and lasts 5-6 days. Croup is common during the winter and spring and typically affects children age five or younger. Children typically develop a croupy seal- like barky cough. If more severe, a child will develop stridor (a raspy breath) when breathing in.
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What causes Croup?

It's a virus.

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Croup is caused by a virus. Most commonly, the parainfluenza virus. This virus infects the upper respiratory tract, more specifically, the larynx (voice box) and trachea (wind pipe). This is why children with croup end up with a hoarse voice and the telltale barking cough. Cases of croup peak in the Fall and Winter and are generally most common in children ages 3 months to 3 years.
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Dr. Kristi Woods answered:

Bromfed for croup?

No

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Cough medicines are generally not helpful for croup.
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Dr. Martin Raff answered:

Do adults get croup?

No

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This is predominantly a disease of young children.
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Is redipred for croup?

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Redipred (generic name: prednisolone), may be used for croup, among other uses. However, most episodes of croup do not require this medication. It's typically used in more severe cases, and even then, only after being examined by a doctor.
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How can I treat Croup?

See your doctor

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A single dose of steroids often helps the child clear this sooner. seeing your doctor insures the proper diagnosis and will get you the prescription that you need. watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF5SxEHPGCk to learn more about croup
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