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What causes croup?

What causes croup?

It's a virus.: 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. ...Read more

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Smokers In Household (Definition)

Secondhand Smoke Secondhand smoke is produced by a burning cigarette or other tobacco product. About 88 million nonsmokers are exposed to secondhand smoke each year -- 32 million of them are children and adolescents. Parental smoking has been shown to affect the lungs of infants as early as the first 2 - 10 weeks of life, and such abnormal lung function could persist throughout life. Being exposed to secondhand smoke increases the risk for heart attacks and lung cancer. Exposure to secondhand smoke in the home increases the risk for asthma and asthma-related emergency room visits in children who have existing asthma. Children whose parents smoke are also more likely to be overweight and to have behavioral problems. Parental smoking is believed to increase the risk for lower respiratory tract infections (such as bronchitis or pneumonia) by 50%. Environmental exposure to smoke is thought to be responsible for 150,000 - 300,000 ...Read more


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Does croup usually cause many symptoms?

Yes,in small infant: Usually you hear audible noise called stridor which means difficulty getting air in---in small infants airways can be life treatening, need medical supervision for respiratory distress--- this is an urgent infection by virus need to assess and treat. ...Read more

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What can be done to alleviate coughing caused by croup?

What can be done to alleviate coughing caused by croup?

CROUP: Croup is barking cough due to nature of the coughing episode. You can increase the humidity by opening the hot shower in the bathroom and fluid intake. If it does not help, see your md for further evaluation of the baby. ...Read more

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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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Could you explain what is a childrens disease called croup caused by?

Could you explain what is a childrens disease called croup caused by?

Viral illness: Croup is usually viral illness affecting upper airway that is self limited. Most cases of viral croup are mild and can be treated at home. Usually with barking type of cough. Should consult physician to evaluate child for degree of respiratory difficulty and confirm diagnosis. Sometimes necessary to add steroids to albuterol and humidifier therapy if difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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What should I do to alleviate coughing caused by croup in a 3 year old?

What should I do to alleviate coughing caused by croup in a 3 year old?

Croup: Generally speaking, therapy for most cases croup is supportive meaning that the disease (usually a virus) must run its' course. Over-the-counter cough suppressants are not recommened for children. Treatment for cough that may help a child become more comfortable include breathing humidified air or steam from a steam-filled bathroom with supervision. For distressed breathing, seek medical care. ...Read more

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What pathogen causes croup in humans?

Viruses: Paraifluenza virus is the most common etiology, but other viruses (and other causes) can also lead to croup. ...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?

Puzzling pattern: A croupy cough is created when the rubbery airway of a kid 6m-6yr coughs hard enough.Many germs trigger it.Older kids/adults have a stiffer airway & the sound is rarely generated.Infectious croup is most common but there is a spasmodic croup that seems related to asthma and can come on without apparent illness.I would usually sent this kid to an ENT for an airway eval and 2nd opinion on diagnosis ...Read more

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I had a cold then cough has stuck with me in the past 2 months. Slight mucus recovering smoker. Is it the croup?

I had a cold then cough has stuck with me in the past 2 months. Slight mucus recovering smoker. Is it the croup?

Not likely: Croup is mainly a disease of babies and small children, and has a very distinctive cough. Depending on when you stopped smoking, the lungs take many months to recover, and actually in smokers cough INCREASES with MORE sputum shortly after stopping and continues for several months sometimes as the body recovers and tries to clean the lungs out from all the accumulated crud in there. Congrats! ...Read more

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Will prednisone given for croup cause any side effects in a 2 year old?

Will prednisone given for croup cause any side effects in a 2 year old?

Should not.: Croup can dame the small airways in the lung. The duration of the stroid given will be short. However, another option is an aerosolized steroids for asthma. ...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