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Is Croup Cough Contagious To Adults
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
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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?
Parainfluenza: Parainfluenza is contagious. Keep him home.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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?
My 3-1/2 yrs old son got croup with woughping cough 2nd time in last 4 months. Is it something to worry about?
It could be allergy: This could be related to allergies needs to be examined and tested ...Read more
5 y/o being treated for croup, cough is getting worse- but more bronchitis than croup. Is this to be expected? Croup 3X this year.
Mgt/ workup: Croup may recur and is caused by a number of viruses. I would suggest seeing your pediatric lung specialist. In addition, airway structural changes, foreign body aspiration and persistent inflammation of the airway may be related to the symptoms. A virtual appointment is also available. Making a recording of the sound and noting when it is worse, will help in the diagnosis. ...Read more
My daughters cough os out of control. Not sure if its an asmal/ broncitus related or if cold. Croup is ruled out by dr's. No meds have worked so far?
Croup: Croup is an acute infection, not chronic. Croup can be severe the first 2-3 days then slowly gets better. Use a humidifier, mist up the bathroom, take your child out in the cold air. You said it won't go away, how long has he had it? Your child may have something else. Schedule an appointment with your child's doctor. ...Read more
Son was diagnosed with croup (tentatively). His cough is mostly gone after only 3 1/2 days. Is this normal for croup?
See below:: The current cornerstones of treatment in the urgent care clinics or emergency departments are corticosteroids and nebulized epinephrine; steroids have proven beneficial in severe, moderate, and even mild croup. In the straightforward cases of croup, antibiotics are not prescribed, as the primary cause is viral. Of note: little evidence supports the clinical efficacy of cool mist. ...Read more
None: Cough medicine is not recommended in general for young children and not indicated for classic croup. If the child has concerning croup symptoms they should be seen by physician as they may require other medications such as steroids. Cool air and warm moist air can both also decrease symptoms. ...Read more
I never do: Most of these contain antihistamines that will thicken their mucus, which is not what a croup kid needs. A simple guaifenesin only product might help loosen the mucus. For most of these kids I just try to keep them hydrated and occasionally use an oral steroid for the worst cases. ...Read more
If mild: Croup is usually mild illness managed at home. Help with cool mist, placing child near vaporizerI if you do not have a cool mist vaporizer, even a simple humidifier in child’s bedroom may be helpful. Seek ER if cool mist not clearing up stridor in 15 minutes, repeated episodes of stridor or trouble breathing child’s chest or stomach retracting, bluish lips, lethargy, drooling, neck pain, stiffness ...Read more
See a doctor: Cough and fever is not normal and may suggest serious issues which rapid diagnosis and management may resolve effectively. Do not wait, but see somebody asap. ...Read more
Croup: For many years we have recommended cool mist humidification for croup. If the stridor (the deep wheeze on breathing in) gets worse, we will suggest taking the child outside to breathe in the cool night air while being wrapped in a warm blanket. If not effective then I suggest going into the bathroom and steaming the child. @ tsp of honey can be soothing to the throat and aid in settling the cough ...Read more
I always get croup cough a week before I get a virus or cold! It's like my own personal alarm! Why is this???
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
My son has a croup cough what should I do to help him? He also sounds horse and coughs whenever he does a little to much.
There are a number of different things you can do. Most important is to keep the child hydrated. If the child gets into a coughing fit, run your shower on hot, getting the bathroom nice and steamy. A lot of times, the mist helps settle down the cough mechanism in the throat.
Antibiotics won't help this. If it persists, seek an appointment with your provider. ...Read more
My 3 y/o was treated for croup 10/11/12. Cough since then, fever started yesterday. Hr went from 112 to at least 140 overnight.?
I have bronchitis and croup but I finished medicine for bronchitis. I still have a barky cough but why? I also feel like coughing on exhale
My daughter was diagnosed with croup earlier this week, and given dexamethazone. She now has a rattling chest and cough, is this normal with croup?
Hi my daughter is 4 months and has had croup but now it's just a cough. Tonight it seems to be bothering her and keeping her up. Will a vaporizer help?
Workup/Mgt: If her barky cough is caused by a virus, in most cases this will resolve within 10 days. If the symptoms persist or recur, I would suggest an imaging study and discussing with your physician. A cool mist vaporizer may help alleviate the cough. Babies breathe thru their noses, and using infant nasal saline drops may also help. ...Read more
My 3yo son has what I think is croup. Horrible barking cough that will not let up day or night. I have tried everything and not much relief. Plz advise?
Probably croup: It can be managed at home unless he starts with distressed breathing. That means seeing muscles in neck moving or abdomen rocking. It will sound bad. It is worse at night and gets progressively worse and peaks on third day then improves. At night bundle up and go out in cold to help the breathing and cough. Usually sound worse than child feels. Can have a high temp too. ...Read more
Cough types: In general, the cough of croup is usually worse at night, and resembles the bark of a seal or dog. Pertussis coughs are generally repetitive initially (frequently causing gagging and vomiting), and later by a characteristic 'whoop' at the end of a coughing episode. Croup is scary but not dangerous as pertussis is in small children. ...Read more
My 6 month old has croup cough I can hear it also while he's a sleep what do I do as it has just started in the middle of the night and it's hot?
CROUP: Take him to the bath room, open the hot shower and let him breath steam. It is summer in australia now, croup is seen more in the winter. If it is hot, can use cool mist humidifier, or can use a vicks' vaporizer. Make sure he is well hydrated. If not comfortable, make a trip to the er. ...Read more
My mom watches my 6 month old son. Recently she was diagnosed with croup. Should I be worried and have my son checked out? He has a slight cough.
My daughter was sent home last night with croup. Her cough amd breathing have gotten worse and her temp keeps coming back. Also she isn't wetting diape?
My 16 month old has the croup cough again...He had it two weeks ago and ended up getting a shot of steroids. Is there anything I can do to help with the cough?
Cool wet air: Breathing in cool moist air is usually helpful. You can sit in the bathroom with the shower on to fill the room with mist, or you can run a humidifier. In a pinch you can even have him breathe air from an open freezer door. Drinking liquids helps and you could also try some Ibuprofen to try to reduce the laryngeal swelling that causes the noisy cough. Good luck. ...Read more