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How dangerous is croup cough in pregnant woman? 6 months pregnant, son has mild croup, I have sore throat a few mornings only. Danger to fetus?

How dangerous is croup cough in pregnant woman? 6 months pregnant, son has mild croup, I have sore throat a few mornings only. Danger to fetus?

Usually no danger: Croup coughs are generally caused by viruses such as parainfluenza, adenovirus, influenza (the flu), and a virus called RSV. None of these viruses should effect the fetus in utero and you should be able to get over them without any extra medical help. However, pregnant women can suffer more problems from respiratory illnesses than non-pregnant women, so if *you* don't feel very well, see your Dr! ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Have pityriasis rosea. Am I contagious? Can I give it to kids/pregnant women? Do I have HPV if I got this? Is it connected?

Have pityriasis rosea. Am I contagious? Can I give it to kids/pregnant women? Do I have HPV if I got this? Is it connected?

No X 3: Once the rash of pr has emerged the contagious period of whatever caused it has passed. It has no known link to hpv. Some suspect human herpes virus strains 6 and 7 (not herpes)as a potential cause but data to confirm this is limited. It is a self limited condition that will fade without treatment over weeks to months. ...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

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Is croup contagious to adults? My niece has it she lives upstairs and she hugged me hours before she got a fever. Am I at risk

Is croup contagious to adults? My niece has it she lives upstairs and she hugged me hours before she got a fever. Am I at risk

Yes and no: Croup is triggered by several common respiratory viruses that can infect anyone at any age that is not immune. However, the response of each patient is different. Croup is a pattern that involves the rubbery and small airways of kids & primarily emerges in those 6m to 6yr. Older kids and adults tend to have a cold/cough or laryngitis with the same germ. If you had that strain as a kid you are immune ...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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Is croup contagious to an adult?

Is croup contagious to an adult?

Yes: Adults can become infected with same virus that caused their child’s croup. However, adults and older children have larger airways, and the illness is usually mild and can seem more like cold. ...Read more

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Is croup contagious to adults? My niece has it she lives upstairs

Is croup contagious to adults? My niece has it she lives upstairs

Yes: Croup is usually triggered by one of several upper respiratory viruses that are all contageous. However, the croup like illness is rather age specific, occuring most fro age 6 m to 6 yr. Older kids or adults tend to have cold like symptoms or laryngitis if they get the germ. If a person has been infected by that virus strain before they would be immune. ...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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How contagious is croup?

How contagious is croup?

LIke a common cold: Croup is caused by a virus and is contagious. To put it in perspective, it is as contagious as a common cold. Good hand washing with soap and water or with hand-gel will decrease the risk of transmission. ...Read more

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I had gotten Croup as a teen and I now get it every year in the fall im 24, is it still contagious when I have it? And will it ever go away?

I had gotten Croup as a teen and I now get it every year in the fall im 24, is it still contagious when I have it? And will it ever go away?

Croup: Not sure why you get "croup" but if you are running fevers with it consider yourself contagious. And since croup is caused by a virus you could spread it just as if you had a cold and could. ...Read more

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How contagious is croup? My 2 yr old and 4 mo old were around child yesterday who was diagnosed last night. What should I look out for?

How contagious is croup? My 2 yr old and 4 mo old were around child yesterday who was diagnosed last night. What should I look out for?

Croup: Look for barking cough, hoarseness and noisy breathing called stridor. Symptoms may be mild to moderate and get worse at night. It is contagious and caused by a virus and is self limiting and can be treated with steroids and in severe cases Epinephrine as well, children with sever cruip may need hospitalisation. ...Read more

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Daughter on methotrexate and my son has bronchitis and croup. Dr says he is contagious so should I find someone to keep my daughter overnight?

Daughter on methotrexate and my son has bronchitis and croup. Dr says he is contagious so should I find someone to keep my daughter overnight?

Viral infection: Difficult to answer and very complicated. She has probably already been exposed. Methotrexate effects primarily neutophils which are seldom involved in fighting viral infections, which cause bronchitis and croup, unless this is pertussis (whooping cough). ...Read more

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Should a 2 month old baby be sent to daycare with croup cough? Is it contagious?

Should a 2 month old baby be sent to daycare with croup cough? Is it contagious?

Confusing question: In more than 3 decades of caring for kids, I have never labeled a 2 month old as having the croup.Cough, maybe, and usually from environmental irritants, and not contagious, but never croup. Any crouping at that age would indicate an airway abnormality that deserves evaluation (laryngomalacia). ...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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Hi there my daughter is 29 weeks pregnant and has been infected with croup. Will this have any effects on the unborn baby.

Hi there my daughter is 29 weeks pregnant and has been infected with croup. Will this have any effects on the unborn baby.

It depends: On the severity of the illness. Croup is a parainfluenza virus which causes a barking cough. If her breathing is compromised it can decrease oxygen to her and the baby. Her doctor can evaluate her for the severity of the illness and determine if she needs treatment. Steroids and or epinephrine are the most common treatments ...Read more

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31 weeks pregnant and have a horrible barking cough to the point of it hurting could it be croup? If so can it harm my baby?

31 weeks pregnant and have a horrible barking cough to the point of it hurting could it be croup? If so can it harm my baby?

Unborn baby?: If you are speaking about the unborn baby, then no. If you have a baby at home, then the baby may catch croup from you. It is a common viral illness in babies and toddlers. Steam up a steamy shower, try a cool mist vaporizer. These are the main treatments. ...Read more

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I am 34wks pregnant. I have guest who frequently suffers from sinusitis and currently have one almost treated, without symptoms. Is it contagious?

I am 34wks pregnant. I have guest who frequently suffers from sinusitis and currently have one almost treated, without symptoms. Is it contagious?

NO: But both maintain good hygene wash your hands, frequently and if you touch any thing, go for your regular scheduled check ups. You will be fine ...Read more

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I've had a cold for over a week and I'm almost 2 months pregnant and my boyfriend thinks I'm going to get him sick! Am I contagious?

I've had a cold for over a week and I'm almost 2 months pregnant and my boyfriend thinks I'm going to get him sick! Am I contagious?

Most likely.: If you are coughing, sneezing and your nose is running, then yes, you are contagious. Please be sure to be go get a flu shot when available this year. Influenza can be severe in pregnancy and is recommended for all pregnant women. ...Read more

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How contagious is sepsis while pregnant?

How contagious is sepsis while pregnant?

Depends: What kind of sepsis and what the organism.? Pregnancy does notake a difference. ...Read more

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When pregnant, what are long-term risks to an unborn child of working in a pediatric office? (like being exposed to flu and other contagious diseases)

When pregnant, what are long-term risks to an unborn child of working in a pediatric office? (like being exposed to flu and other contagious diseases)

That's a tough one,: Because you can get your torch titers & take the flu-mist before you conceive, wash your hands till they're raw, & still get sneezed, pooped or peed on with goodness knows what. In light of the recent danish article on increased incidence of autism in children whose moms had a viral illness with fever for a week, not always the 'flu, i'd say it's a personal decision till we know more. ...Read more

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My 2yo recieved chicken pox vaccine yesterday. I am pregnant and not sure if im inmune (waiting results). Can it be contagious to be around him?

Yes in 10 days: 10% of children after the chickenpox vaccine can develop the illness in 10-14 days. At that point they are contagious. Hopefully you are immune and the problem will be resolved. :). ...Read more

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I'm 11 weeks pregnant and my 3 year old has whooping cough will this effect my unborn as I've been exposed to it during the contagious period?!

I'm 11 weeks pregnant and my 3 year old has whooping cough will this effect my unborn as I've been exposed to it during the contagious period?!

Not if UR vaccinated: If you received the tdap vaccine within the past few years you and your fetus should be protected. See a maternal-fetal medicine specialist for specific advice! ...Read more

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Our dog has a strep ear infection (it was cultured). What kind of strep is that and is it contagious to my 12 mo old or me (I'm 14 weeks pregnant).?

Our dog has a strep ear infection (it was cultured). What kind of strep is that and is it contagious to my 12 mo old or me (I'm 14 weeks pregnant).?

Hard to say: Strep is a family name like Jones or Smith. Group a Streptococcus is the germ of strep throat, While group B strep is a cause of newborn infections. Unless your culture actually went far enough to do specific typing, and you provide us with that detail, no realistic answer can be provided. ...Read more

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If I have rhinitis while pregnant, is it still contagious? Like I have a cough stuffy nose and sore throat plus sneezina a lot.

If I have rhinitis while pregnant, is it still contagious? Like I have a cough stuffy nose and sore throat plus sneezina a lot.

Depends: If it is viral, yes. Typical cold viruses won't affect the baby although cytomegalovirus can. In the last trimester it is common for a pregnant woman to develop nasal congestion and drainage, rhinitis of pregnancy, caused by placental growth hormone. The symptoms you describe are more allergic. ...Read more

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Adult croup. Hi I am a 42 yr old female in good health since 2012 I have been getting croup and tracheitis. I have been on steroid 3 times since octo?

Adult croup: This is laryngotracheobronchitis and is usually due to viral infection, but allergy can produce similar manifestations rarely. Hopefully you are being seen by a pulmonary (lung) disease expert and having this evaluated appropriately. Good luck. ...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


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more