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What is the difference between croup and asthma?

What is the difference between croup and asthma?

Croup is....: Inflammation of the larynx and trachea in children, associated with infection and causing breathing difficulties.

Asthma is a respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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If you get croup when you are 2 how likely are you to develop asthma?

If you get croup when you are 2 how likely are you to develop asthma?

Not particularly: True asthma has a genetic component and will emerge over time. Most males that will have a significant form will be symptomatic by a year of age, and a respiratory infection may trigger a flare up. Croup as a common infectious syndrome can bring out asthma, but does not cause it. There are lots of wheezy asthma like problems in childhood that disappear as kids get older. ...Read more

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My child has asthma & the croup cough, what do I do?

My child has asthma & the croup cough, what do I do?

See doctor: You will need to see your doctor since this may be a signal that his asthma is getting worse. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has had croup 8 times in the last 6 months. He also has asthma. How does asthma cause croup?

My 3 year old has had croup 8 times in the last 6 months. He also has asthma. How does asthma cause croup?

Asthma is not croup: Asthma and croup are entirely separate albeit often concomitant disorders. Asthma effects the lower airways and can be triggered by a viral infection (such as parainfluenza, a cause of croup). Croup is an upper airway (near vocal cords) infection. Often upper airway infections can trigger asthma as well but not typically the reverse. ...Read more

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What should I do if my toddler keeps getting the croup over and over again? She has had croup for about 3, 4 times! Does it mean she might have asthma?

What should I do if my toddler keeps getting the croup over and over again? She has had croup for about 3, 4 times! Does it mean she might have asthma?

Yes: Recurrent croup is likely from asthma but this needs to be evaluated by your pediatrician and/or an allergist. This condition however may subside by age 3 or 4 in a high proportion of children. Due to the small caliber of the airways in young children, making a diagnosis of asthma may be difficult. If the child has eczema and found to be allergic + pos family history, then asthma is more likely. ...Read more

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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?

It's possible.: She could have underlying allergies or asthma; her parents should discuss her illness history with her doctor. Sometimes seeing a pediatric pulmonologist or allergist may help sort out the problem and create a management plan so she won't have respiratory problems as frequently. ...Read more

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My 15 month old has had croup twice in a month is this a sign of asthma or allergies?

My 15 month old has had croup twice in a month is this a sign of asthma or allergies?

No: Croup is a most often a viral illness that more severely affects younger children due to the size of their airways. It causes swelling below the vocal cords which then manifests itself physically with the signs of the croupy cough and occasionally inspiratory stridor (loud coarse breathing in). The larger the airway, the less chance of problems and there is no association with asthma/allergies. ...Read more

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Can croup lead to other breathing problems like asthma?

Can croup lead to other breathing problems like asthma?

Croup: Croup is caused by the parainfluenza virus most of the time and causes swelling around the vocal cords in the throat which results in a distinctive cough. Asthma is a disease of the lungs, and although flare ups are sometimes triggered by viruses they do not cause it. Some viruses, like RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), can cause damage to the lungs resulting in asthma-like symptoms. ...Read more

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My 4yr old has croup & has asthma should he get a breathing treatmnt his flem is light green & he's not eating should I take him to pedi dr 5th day.

My 4yr old has croup & has asthma should he get a breathing treatmnt his flem is light green & he's not eating should I take him to pedi dr 5th day.

See the doctor: If he is having a problem breathing now, do the treatments on a regular basis, mostly albuterol every 4 to 6 hours. You should call his pediatrician in any case, prior to seeing him/her, as a slight infection can trigger his asthma. Do not wait for the weekend to be over. ...Read more

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I have outgrown asthma but now frequently get laryngitis, croup and windpipe infections is there anything I can do?

I have outgrown asthma but now frequently get laryngitis, croup and windpipe infections is there anything I can do?

See below: You may have lingering asthma - try maintenance medications such as inhaled steroid and/or avoiding triggers. Also make sure you get the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Good luck! ...Read more

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My 6 year old has had recur. Croup and asthma like symptoms since she was two. Albuterol doesn't seem to help. What can we do? Is it asthma?

My 6 year old has had recur. Croup and asthma like symptoms since she was two. Albuterol doesn't seem to help. What can we do? Is it asthma?

May need ENT eval.: 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 the 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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Besides asthma, what can cause a deformed chest/harrison's sulcus in a 4 yr old boy? History: severe croup, born with tortocolis, recent tonsillectomy

Besides asthma, what can cause a deformed chest/harrison's sulcus in a 4 yr old boy? History: severe croup, born with tortocolis, recent tonsillectomy

Harrison Sulcus: Harrison s sulcus can be formed by chroniclung disease, but also ricketsor other bone diseases lackingcalcium. ...Read more

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My son sounds like he has the croop cough. No other symptoms yet. He grew out of his asthma 1 yr ago. What should I do?

My son sounds like he has the croop cough. No other symptoms yet. He grew out of his asthma 1 yr ago. What should I do?

Monitor carefully: The barky croup cough is typical of a virus with inflammation just below the vocal cords. However, the same virus associated with croup may also trigger asthma. Even though some children "outgrow" asthma, it is always possible that an infection can make it recur. Asthma is more like a volcano that can go dormant for a period of time; but under the right conditions, erupt again! ...Read more

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Any difference between asthma and bronchospasm?

Any difference between asthma and bronchospasm?

Yes...: Asthma is a disease characterized by recurrent bronchospasm. But, there are many other etiologies of bronchospasm including copd, foreign body, etc. Asthma is the disease and bronchospasm is a sign of this disease and many others. ...Read more

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What's the difference between asthma and broncitis?

What's the difference between asthma and broncitis?

Often confused: Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Frequently in smokers, a bacterial infection can be present and antibiotics help. Viral respiratory tract infections can trigger worsening of asthma. With asthma, antibiotics do not help. Anti inflammatory steroids, short acting bronchodilators help. Only rarely is there a bacterial infection that antibiotics help with worsening of asthma. ...Read more

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What's the difference between asthma and bronchitis?

What's the difference between asthma and bronchitis?

Yes: Bronchitis is simply, inflammation of the bronchi whereas asthma is inflammation of the small air ways of the lungs along with increased mucous production and air trapping as the result so that one can not get good breaths because they can't expell the air and get proper gas exchange across the alveoli (small air sacks at the lower part of the lung). Thus, respiratory distress. ...Read more

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What is the difference between asthma and bronchitis?

What is the difference between asthma and bronchitis?

Asthma is chronic.: Bronchitis is a general term to indicate inflammation of the airways. It is usually temporary and caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Asthma can be triggered by infections but generally implies a more chronic problem, caused by chronic inflammation of the breathing tubes. Most with asthma have allergic inflammation although some do not. Treatment is different and depends on the cause. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bronchospasm and asthma?

What's the difference between bronchospasm and asthma?

Symptom vs disease: Bronchospasm refers to "twitchy" airways. It is a sign of respiratory disease. Many diseases result in bronchospasm including asthma but also copd, cystic fibrosis, congestive heart failure, etc. In other words, bronchospasm can occur in many different disease states, not just asthma. ...Read more

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Croup (Definition)

A description of variety on upper respiratory tract condition in children, including laryngitis, laryngotracheitis, laryngotracheobronchitis, bacterial ...Read more