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What is croup?

What is croup?

Seal Bark: Croup is an inflammation and swelling of the trachea (windpipe) and larynx (voice box). It is usually caused by a virus and lasts 5-6 days. Croup is common during the winter and spring and typically affects children age five or younger. Children typically develop a croupy seal- like barky cough. If more severe, a child will develop stridor (a raspy breath) when breathing in. ...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


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What is croup?

What is croup?

A Cold Varient: A classic sound described as a seal bark or dog bark. Usually worse at nite and 1st thing in the morning. It can be confirmed by your pediatrician. Learn to ignore the sound, but judge the severity by the discomfort of the child. Mild discomfort may respond to steaming the bathroom or a walk outside. More severe breathing trouble needs seen ASAP in the local ER. The root infection is a cold virus. ...Read more

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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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Do adults get croup?

Do adults get croup?

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

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How can I treat croup?

See your doctor: A single dose of steroids often helps the child clear this sooner. Seeing your doctor insures the proper diagnosis and will get you the prescription that you need. Watch http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=bf5sxehpgck to learn more about croup. ...Read more

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What do I do for croup?

What do I do for croup?

Understand It: A classic sound described as a seal bark or dog bark. Usually worse at nite and 1st thing in the morning.It can be confirmed by your pediatrician. Learn to ignore the sound, but judge the severity by the discomfort of the child.Mild discomfort may respond to steaming the bathroom or a walk outside, more severe breathing trouble needs seen asap in the local er.The root infection is a cold virus. ...Read more

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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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When will adult croup stop?

Adult croup: Croup is by definition hoarseness, stridor (the sound of air moving through an obstruction), and hoarseness. Generally croup is an illness of childhood.There is one fixed area in the airway called the subglottis. Kids get croup because this area is small and when is swells in reponse to inflammation/infection, the area becomes more narrow. If you have a persisent barky cough, see a physician. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get croup?

Fair number: In North America, incidence peaks in the second year of life, at 5-6 cases per 100 children.Croup is most common pediatric illness that causes acute stridor, accounting for approximately 15% of clinic and emergency department visits for pediatric respiratory tract infections. Primarily disease of infants and toddlers, with a peak incidence from age 6 months to 36 months (3 years) in US. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is croup?

What sort of disease is croup?

Barking Cough: Croup is usually caused by parainfluenza virus. Vocal cords get inflamed. Cough described as a seal barking. Sometimes fevers accompany croup. Cool air or shower steam can help cords feel more comfy. For more severe cases, your doctor may provide antiinflammatory like Dexamethasone (steroid). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of croup?

What are the symptoms of croup?

Standard Symptoms: A classic sound described as a seal bark or dog bark. Usually worse at nite and 1st thing in the morning.It can be confirmed by your pediatrician. Learn to ignore the sound, but judge the severity by the discomfort of the child.Mild discomfort may respond to steaming the bathroom or a walk outside, more severe breathing trouble needs seen asap in the local er.The root infection is a cold virus. ...Read more

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What is croup and how do I treat it?

Croup treatment: Croup is a viral infection that can usually be managed at home, although it's reassuring to have a doctor examine your child. I instruct my parents to use a vaporizer, increasing the humidity as much as possible. If that's not enough, make a 'tent' with sheets around the bed and position the vaporizer in the tent. Carefully secure the sheets! going outside, in the cold air may break a spell. ...Read more

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Can an adult get croup like a child?

Virus yes, Sx no: The croup is a description of a group of similar respiratory illnesses that come to a common symptom.The deep cough of the 6m to 8yo sounds like a seal bark.The process is triggered by a variety of viruses that commonly cause uri's or laryngitis in adults.The reason for the barking noise is the vibrations made by the kids rubbery airway during a cough.The adult airway is to stiff to vibrate. ...Read more

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What are some of the tests for Croup?

What are some of the tests for Croup?

There aren't ...: Croup is commonly a childhood illness of barking cough, hoarse voice, noisy breathing (stridor). It is caused by viral infection of the larynx / trachea which causes swelling and the above symptoms. Diagnosis is clinical, there are no specific tests. More severe cases (noisy breathing, increased rate / work of breathing) should be assessed by Dr for consideration of oral steroid medication. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have croup at 8 yrs?

Yes: The resonant honk or croup sound can be a feature of several upper airway problems that are similar to traditional croup.It does happen occasionally in older kids.I remember one dramatic case that affected the 8yo child of one of my supervising residents during residency. I recall he had a deeper respect for the illness after the event.A proper exam is needed for proper dx. ...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 are the signs of croup in a child?

What are the signs of croup in a child?

Barking cough: A barking cough that is much worse at night, relieved by steam or cold air; low grade fevers. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Croup disease?

Croup: Croup is a viral infection caused by parainfluenza virus and causes cough and URI sympoms. Cough tends to be worse at night and sound barky like a seal. Treatment if symptoms are minor are steamy shower or cool air outside. If symptoms are severe nebulized medications or oral/intramuscular steroids may be needed. Fever and sore throat may be present. ...Read more

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Why does my son continue to catch croup?

Croup: Croup is usually casued by a virus and is usually seen during the winter season. If a child has croup like symptoms during the wrong season or has recurrent croup, her/his airway may need to be evaluated by flexibel bronchoscopy to make sure that there are no structural abnormalities of the upper airway (congenital or acquired). ...Read more

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