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How long does croup last?

How long does croup last?

Common cold: Since it generally caused by cold viruses, it may last 1-2 weeks, just like the common cold. Usually the first night or 2 are the worst. ...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


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How long before I should see improvement in my son with croup after getting steroid shot? How long should croup last

4-8 hours: Generally steroids begin to show an effect after ~4 hours and are working well by 8 hours. If your child received Epinephrine to help him breathe, it may wear off 1-2 hours before the steroid starts to work. Dexamethasone (decadron) has been shown to be the best steroid for croup. Untreated croup tends to worsen for 3-5 days before it starts to improve (as do most viral infections). ...Read more

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My daughter was diagonsed with croup last week her nose is stll runny her bark cough is gone but still has a cough how long will this last? She is six

My daughter was diagonsed with croup last week her nose is stll runny her bark cough is gone but still has a cough how long will this last? She is six

Croup: Croup is usually self-limiting, lasting 5-7 days, but as with any other respiratory infections, cough is usually the last symptom to go away. Postinfectious cough can last up to several weeks, and it can trigger brochospasm especially if the child has asthma. Croup can be complicated by pneumonia or pulmonary edema. It would be a good idea to take her to a pediatrician if her cough is severe. ...Read more

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Hoe long does parainfluenza / croup last? Had steroid shot so how long before improvement ? How long keep home from school ? His dr wasn't helpful :0(

Hoe long does parainfluenza / croup last? Had steroid shot so how long before improvement ? How long keep home from school ? His dr wasn't helpful :0(

Depends: Croup symptoms generally peak 2 to 3 days after the symptoms of the viral infection begin. Viral croup usually lasts 3 to 7 days. Steroid shot usually works in a few hours and can last to up to 24 hours. If your child is still having breathing problems or feverish, then have them seen by a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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How long is croup contagious? My son drank out nieces cup who had it last wk. Her fever is gone and she's back at school. Still has a cough. Worry?

How long is croup contagious? My son drank out nieces cup who had it last wk. Her fever is gone and she's back at school. Still has a cough. Worry?

Unlikely...: Though one may contract a virus by touching a contaminated surface and then touching the eyes, nose or mouth, the timing of your niece's illness makes it unlikely. Croup is usually caused by a virus infection, most often a parainfluenza virus. After the third day of symptoms, a patient will begin to clinically improve.The cough may in itself represent a post-viral cough that may persist for weeks. ...Read more

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How long is parainfluenza / croup contagious ?

At least a week: Most viruses follow the same basic pattern. Viral numbers expand exponentially until our immune systems can generate an effective response (fever is the first attempt). Antibody response to viruses takes 3-5 days and peak infectivity is usually the first week. We continue to shed virus for 1-2 weeks after. Respiratory viruses are spread by droplets which can travel up to 4 feet through the air. ...Read more

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My son started having symptoms of croup 48 hours ago. He was diagnosed by a Dr. today. His fever is gone now. How much longer will he be contagious?

My son started having symptoms of croup 48 hours ago. He was diagnosed by a Dr. today.  His fever is gone now. How much longer will he be contagious?

Shedding for awhile: Viral shedding, or period of contagiousness, for these types of viruses can last weeks, and are shed through the upper respiratory structures. However, since most of the shedding occurs during the time that the person is feeling very sick and febrile, let your son's behavior and overall appearance be your guide. Most daycares and schools require a 24 hour fever free period (without medications). ...Read more

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How long is croup contagious after steroid?

How long is croup contagious after steroid?

No: Steroid administration does not affect the transmission of croup. Steroids are administered to reduce difficulty breathing associated with croup. They reduce airway swelling caused by edema. ...Read more

Chest Pulls In When Breathing (Definition)

Intercostal retractions are the inward movement of the muscles between the ribs as a result of reduced pressure in the chest cavity. The movements are usually a sign of difficulty with breathing. Diseases or conditions that cause restriction of the airway ...Read more