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My daughter was diagnosed with croup. How long does last and how long does stridor last, and is phlegm associated with the croup.

My daughter was diagnosed with croup. How long does last and how long does stridor last, and is phlegm associated with the croup.

Croup: Generally 3-4 days and improves with a one time dose of steroids; Deaxamathasone which may be repeated in 2 days if uncared. Breathing treatment are available for more rapid resolution of symptoms. Elevate her head and keep the room cool and not too dry. All the beast. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Croup (Definition)

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


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Could croup present without cough but with a stridor lasting three weeks?

Could croup present without cough but with a stridor lasting three weeks?

Unlikely: Croup has a very characteristic cough. And, it normally lasts about 5 days. Stridor is concerning for an airway abnormality and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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My daughter has had croup with stridor for more then a week. They had admitted her in the hospital over night. Even when she sleeps I here the stridor?

My daughter has had croup with stridor for more then a week. They had admitted her in the hospital over night. Even when she sleeps I here the stridor?

Croup: Most kids with this are not seriously ill, but symptoms can last several weeks. Humidify the air so secretions can be coughed up, lots of oral fluids, close monitoring to make sure she is not exhausting herself. If she develops fever or other symptoms not present initially she may be having secondary bacterial infection and will need to see a pediatrician again. Hope she is better soon. ...Read more

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Beginning stages of the croup. Some stridor and seal barking cough only when crying/coughing. Raspy. No fever. What can I do? 14m baby.

Beginning stages of the croup. Some stridor and seal barking cough only when crying/coughing. Raspy. No fever. What can I do? 14m baby.

Symptomatic measures: Croup is a viral infection of the upper airway. Antibiotics will not help. Often humidified air--running the shower--or cold air will help. A lot of fluids also. If the stridor is severe or worrisome evaluation by the pediatrician is indicated. Sometimes one dose of a steroid is given to reduce the inflammation/swelling of the airway. Keeping the baby calm until this runs its course will also help ...Read more

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Acute tracheobronchitis, croup, stridor, RSV. Thought to be what I have. Normal chest X-ray, CT scan normal blood ox normal. Help. What test do next?

Acute tracheobronchitis, croup, stridor, RSV. Thought to be what I have. Normal chest X-ray, CT scan normal blood ox normal. Help. What test do next?

Possible rx: If you have an acute infection, the symptoms most likely will resolve without need for further testing. If you have had symptoms for three or more weeks, a secondary infection, antibiotics may be used to treat a specific bacterial infection; prolonged inflammation is treatable with aerosolized steroids. These are some possible management options. ...Read more

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If you have had stridor after extubation is your chances of it happening again increased?

If you have had stridor after extubation is your chances of it happening again increased?

Quite common: Laryngeal edema is common cause of airway obstruction
after extubation in intensive care patients and is thought to
arise from direct mechanical trauma to larynx by the
endotracheal tube. Sometimes edema associated with difficult intubation. If anatomy different, and intubation continues to be difficult, can have recurrent laryngeal edema. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of stridor?

What's the best treatment to get rid of stridor?

See a doctor: Stridor is usually caused by swelling of the vocal cords or the nearby tissues of the airway and larynx. This can be dangerous or deadly if it triggers a laryngospasm. Prednisone or some other steroid treatment is the most effective to get the swelling down. In urgent or emergent cases Epinephrine in a nebulizer can be used as well. ...Read more

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What is stridor?

Airway noise: Stridor usually noise made by air passing through narrowed, obstructed or floppy airway. Stridor can be inspiratory or exhalatory. Most inspiratory stridor is in larynx or proximal trachea. Some exhalatory noise in trachea ususally from soft airway tracheomalacia. Both inspiratory and exhalatory (biphasic) can be in airway just below vocal cords (subglottic trachea).Wheeze sound lower airway asthma ...Read more

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How much should I worry about stridor?

A lot...: True stridor is considered a medical emergently since it represents an airway which is closing. If a patient truly has strider, 911 should be called and the person taken immediately to the nearest er. A tube may need to be placed in the airway so that artificial ventilation can be done while the etiology is diagnosed and treated. Stridor can be life-threatening and even fatal. ...Read more

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Can a person have stridor with a trach?

Complications: Complications related to chronic tracheostomy such as granulation tissue, stenosis, or web will cause stridor following extubation. Airway should be evaluated by imaging or endoscopy before extubating patient to avoid subsequent ventilation problemsl. ...Read more

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What are possible causes for stridor in adults?

Several causes: Toxic gas inhalation, acute epiglottitis, inhaled foreign body
laryngeal tumors pharyngeal tumors, paratracheal compression by enlarged lymph nodes, vocal cord palsy, granulation tissue in airway from previous intubation or tracheostomy are few causes. Something that causes partial obstruction to airway. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are some possible causes for stridor in adults?

Some causes: Acute: Airway trauma, laryngitis usually viral, shock or anaphylaxis, aspiration of foreign body, epiglottitis, and inhalation of smoke or noxious materials.
Chronic: Laryngeal tumor, chronic infection and granulomatous disease TB, Wegener's, rheumatoid arthritis, extrinsic tumors pressing on airway, chronic intubation. ...Read more

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I started getting stridor a couple of days ago. Will I be back to normal by next week?

I started getting stridor a couple of days ago. Will I be back to normal by next week?

Have it checked: Stridor is a sign that airflow in the neck is restricted. This could be serious. See your doctor or go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with stridor?

Common in children: Croup is common in children 6 months to 6 years during spring and fall, usually caused by virus such as parainfluenza. Croup accounts for 15 percent of respiratory tract infections among children in pediatric practice. ...Read more

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How do they relieve stridor in tracheostomy patient?

How do they relieve stridor in tracheostomy patient?

Trach solves: Stridor is essentially noisy breathing. Usually a tracheotomy bypasses the problem. If the person still has stridor with a trach, as the questioner asks, then there is blockage in the trach. Mucus plug, trach is too small, collapse, granuloma, etc are all common causes of tracheal obstruction. This is not usually called stridor however. The questioner may really be asking why trachs work? ...Read more

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If a laryngomalacia stridor reappears in a 1 year old is a bad prognosis?

If a laryngomalacia stridor reappears in a 1 year old is a bad prognosis?

Probably Not: If it totally disappeared and reappeared then an evaluationis probably necessary by your pediatrician or a pediatric ENT specialist. Bad progn osis? Unlikely, but probably more annoying. ...Read more

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Newborn has stridor what do I do? Dr. said we will just wait and see and don't be concerned it usually goes away on its own I am scared

Newborn has stridor what do I do? Dr. said we will just wait and see and don't be concerned it usually goes away on its own I am scared

Value of a visit: The airway of an infant is soft & stiffens with age. In a few it becomes more rubbery in the early weeks & they fit a condition called laryngomalacia (soft voice box). They often crow and sound scary, but they supply their body with oxygen, feed, and play. If you are afraid of your baby get a 2nd opinion. You did what you're suppose to, and saw the doc. You didn't get your questions answered ...Read more

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Severe stridor and respiratory distress. What is the immediate management?

Severe stridor and respiratory distress. What is the immediate management?

Tube: If there is truly stridor, the patient needs immediate intubation and artificial ventilation. The respiratory distress will rapidly worsen. ...Read more

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What are the differences between stridor and wheezing?

What are the differences between stridor and wheezing?

Breathing noises: Stridor noise made by air passing through narrowed, obstructed or floppy airway. Stridor can be inspiratory or exhalatory. Most inspiratory stridor is in larynx/ prox. Trachea. Some exhalatory noise in trachea ususally tracheomalacia. Both inspiratory and exhalatory (biphasic) can be in airway just below vocal cords. Wheezing high-pitched whistling sound made while exhaling commonly asthma/bronchiolitis ...Read more

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Newborn has stridor I'm worried took him to dr. And he said its nothing to be concerned about but I looked it up it said it is life threatening?

Newborn has stridor I'm worried took him to dr. And he said its nothing to be concerned about but I looked it up it said it is life threatening?

Different types: Stridor have different causes & presentation, it could be life- threatening in some cases due to the airways obstruction. In newborns commonly it is a benign, from the floppy airways, which improves with a prone positioning and resolves with a time. But it also could have and an opposite end of the spectrum from different causes. You always can seek a second opinion or consult ENT specialist. Best ...Read more

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My son 13 mths old, was diagnosed with croupe March 1 & only one episode of stridor. Nofever until today. (seven days later).102.9 with wet cough.?

My son 13 mths old, was diagnosed with croupe March 1 & only one episode of stridor. Nofever until today. (seven days later).102.9 with wet cough.?

Cough and fever: Could be a new viral illness, but if your child had continued nasal congestion and mild cough following the croup on March 1, then he may have a secondary bacterial infection and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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I just found out I have angioedema that presents w/laryngeal stridor. It betters with epi/benedryl/steriods and recurs often. What kind of ang. Is it?

I just found out I have angioedema that presents w/laryngeal stridor. It betters with epi/benedryl/steriods and recurs often. What kind of ang. Is it?

Duration?: If your angioedema is frequently associated with laryngeal swelling, you need to be sure that you don't have a condition known as hereditary angioedema (you may or may not have a family history)which does not respond to any of the medications mentioned. Since this can be life-threatening, make sure to see an allergist to find out since there are very effective medications for this condi ...Read more

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Can stridor disappear when asleep but as soon as you wake up come back?

Sometimes: Some narrowings of airway require forced inspiration and can be heard during crying and when taking deep breaths. Shallow inspiration that occurs in children at night may not make stridor so apparent. As a general rule but not always stridor associated with malacia or soft airway is easier heard during quiet breathing and stridor with fixed stenoses better during forced inspiration. ...Read more

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I really don't want to visit the ER. I've got stridor- is there anything at all I can do to help it at home? I don't want to miss work.

Strider: Strider implies that there is an issue with your breathing space or airway. You should not wait to check it out. There is no home aid for this ...Read more

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I want to manage recurring angioedema that causes layngeal stridor. Triggers are very hard to avoid. Any advice? I take benedryl+steroids already. :)

Specialist: Are you seeing an Immuno/allergy specialist and have they determined what triggers this response? That needs to be done. The response you are describing is lifethreatening and not to be taken lightly. Your life depends on being diligent about avoiding the triggers! My advice - see the specialist and develop a plan of care specific for YOU that ensures your wellbeing. You are worth the effort. ...Read more

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Dr. Chui what is symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) called in the usa. I also slept with no problem, but still have strider. What is stridor?

Dr. Chui what is symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) called in the usa. I also slept with no problem, but still have strider. What is stridor?

Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol): It is also called symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) in the us and is a combination of Budesonide and formoterol. Stridor is a high pitched wheezing sound that is a result of turbulent air flow through the upper airways. It can be a sign of serious airway compromise and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Diagnosed- inspiratory Stridor. Lost insurance before Endoscopy was done. Happens after I cough or inhale chemicals (like Windex). What might it be?

Diagnosed- inspiratory Stridor. Lost insurance before Endoscopy was done. Happens after I cough or inhale chemicals (like Windex). What might it be?

Workup/Mgt: If your physician can schedule an airway fluoroscopy this will provide a dynamic view of the airway. It may be less expensive than an endoscopy. A plain radiograph of the airway performed upon inspiration also can be useful if there is a foreign body, tumor or mass effect.
An outpatient nasal to vocal cord visualization may be performed with local anesthetics and can be performed by an ENT surgeon ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a dry hacking cough when she sleeps. No stridor or wheezing. What can I do to ensure it does not turn in to something worse?

My 2 year old has a dry hacking cough when she sleeps. No stridor or wheezing. What can I do to ensure it does not turn in to something worse?

Mgt: One possible cause are allergies and another is reflux and aspiration. Post nasal drip if there is congestion usually causes a wet cough. If there is a parental history of allergies, asthma and if she has had eczema and/or allergic reactions, these may be more likely to occur. ...Read more

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Baby given dexamethasone to treat stridor at 3.5 mo old (1 mo corrected age). Is there risk for neurological impairment if this prescription given at this age?

Baby given dexamethasone to treat stridor at 3.5 mo old (1 mo corrected age). Is there risk for neurological impairment if this prescription given at this age?

Short periods ok: Short term steroid use beneficial for respiratory problem and does not have long lasting effects. Chronic steroid use can result in complications. ...Read more

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After exercise I have difficulty breathing in with stridor. I often faint after exercise. I've had this for 10 years, asthma ruled out. Any ideas?

After exercise I have difficulty breathing in with stridor. I often faint after exercise. I've had this for 10 years, asthma ruled out. Any ideas?

Exercise anaphylaxis: I agree that you should have a stress test to be certain there is no problem with your heart. The most likely diagnosis, however, is exercise-induced anaphylaxis. Stridor is due to laryngospasm - swelling around the vocal cords. Loss of consciousness could be due to that or low blood pressure. These are symptoms of life-threatening anaphylaxis. Don't exercise until you see a qualified allergist! ...Read more

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I constantly go to the ER with stridor. I feel like my throat is stuck together at the base of my neck. Is there anything I can do at home to help?

I constantly go to the ER with stridor. I feel like my throat is stuck together at the base of my neck. Is there anything I can do at home to help?

Vocal cord dysfunctn: You likely have an issue related to vocal cords spasms restricting air flow. This can be confirmed by an ENT. Treatment requires training with a speech & language specialist who can teach you how to breathe through the episodes. Other issues need to be ruled out & this is often misdiagnosed as a form of asthma. ...Read more

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3 yr old with persistant cough, rsp rate 40, stridor, hard slightly painful distended belly, diarreah, but is behavior fine. ER or is DR next week ok?

3 yr old with persistant cough, rsp rate 40, stridor, hard slightly painful distended belly, diarreah, but is behavior fine. ER or is DR next week ok?

ER: He/she is breathing too quickly and has stridor both which indicate respiratory distress. Take the 3 year old to the ER. You might want to consider calling 911. The belly distention is from swallowing too much air and the diarrhea along with the other symptoms may cause dehydration. ...Read more

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3 months old baby with bronchiolitis receiving albuterol+nebulizer therapies makes high pitch stridor-like when laughing or crying. NOT all the time.

3 months old baby with bronchiolitis receiving albuterol+nebulizer therapies makes high pitch stridor-like when laughing or crying. NOT all the time.

Croup?: Bronchiolitis is a lower airway disease that is sometimes treated with bronchodilators such as albuterol. Stridor develops with inflammation of structures much higher up, and is common with Croup. Most children with croup do not wheeze unless they are predisposed to doing so. ...Read more

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Smoke or sickness triggers recurring laryngeal stridor. My skin looks normal outside. Benedryl+epi+steroid works. Doc says angioedema, but what kind?

Smoke or sickness triggers recurring laryngeal stridor. My skin looks normal outside. Benedryl+epi+steroid works. Doc says angioedema, but what kind?

Vocal cord: Your problem is likely from irritant vocal cord dysfunction when your vocal cord closes up when irritated. I often associate this problem with acid reflux which may or may not be in your case. See an ENT doctor to get checked out. ...Read more

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Have a cold sinus hurt chest hurt on advair singulair (montelukast) I feel wheezy hurts to take deep breath pk flw ok 84%. But cause stridor type cough fit what do?

Have a cold sinus hurt chest hurt on advair singulair (montelukast) I feel wheezy hurts to take deep breath pk flw ok 84%. But cause stridor type cough fit what do?

Stridor: Is closing off of the trachea and not the bronchi. If this is so there is throat inflammation. You say you are on singular and advair, any bronchodilator? The chest pain is either from like a tendonitis of the intercostals or a real pleurisy. Get examined better, make sure there is no infection like croup or even pertussis, and have the inflammation treated, by steroid if necessary. ...Read more

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Can E-cigs cause Stridor? Polyphonic stridor after exercise/cough/chemicals. Inhaler 6x + a day. Take flonase/zyrtec for dust allergies, doesn't help.

Can E-cigs cause Stridor? Polyphonic stridor after exercise/cough/chemicals. Inhaler 6x + a day. Take flonase/zyrtec for dust allergies, doesn't help.

Yes: E cig is not as innocuous as it may appear. The heated chemical-containing vapor (even if it is "organic") may irritate your throat. The best way to tell is not to use it for 2 weeks and see if your symptoms improve. If you are pregnant, it is unwise to smoke anything since this may adversely impact the health of your baby possibly for the rest of his life. ...Read more

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Cough/mucus in chest. Can't expel without stridor/asthma attack. On amox/prednisone 3 days. Mucus not better. Are more meds/tests needed?

Cough/mucus in chest. Can't expel without stridor/asthma attack. On amox/prednisone 3 days. Mucus not better. Are more meds/tests needed?

Asthma attack: You know your problems are related to allergies and asthma and you say you are not using any inhaler
you should talk to your doc how to control and relieve asthma symptoms
you need to take controller meds like inhaled sterois with/without long term bronchodilaters, like advair and dullera twice a day, singular
and reliever mds like albuterol or duoneb.
In acute cases you need oral steroids short c. ...Read more

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2 year old with stridor, low oxygen and now has a red rash on his cheeks and on his side. My 2 year old woke up yesterday morning with stridor. I rushed him to the ER - his oxygen level was 79. His neck and chest were caving when he would inhale. Chest x-

2 year old with stridor, low oxygen and now has a red rash on his cheeks and on his side. My 2 year old woke up yesterday morning with stridor. I rushed him to the ER - his oxygen level was 79. His neck and chest were caving when he would inhale. Chest x-

Treat resp sx: If he has congestion and stridor, it is most likely related to a viral infection/croup. Without seeing the rash it is difficult to determine. The o2 saturation level was low upon arrival in the er. This finding and his exam would indicate that he needed to have oxygen and breathing treatments to open his airway. Hopefully he is better-
prmg/peds can review medical records faxed to 858 259 9689. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Noisy High Pitched Breathing (Definition)

Stridor is an abnormal, high-pitched, musical breathing sound caused by a blockage in the throat or voice box (larynx). It is usually heard when ...Read more