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Spasmodic Croup Contagious
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
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 ›
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
No prevention shot: Croup (ltb or laryngotracheobronchitis) falls into three basic categories: viral (most common), allergic (sometimes called spasmodic) and bacterial (rare and life-threatening). The most common shot to help with croup treatment is Decadron (dexamethasone) which is a steroid to help reduce swelling. ...Read more
Mostly treat symptom: Croup or laryngotracheobronchitis is a upper respiratory infection of viral origin and as such is normally self-limiting. A child with croup is generally treated for his symptoms, much like other upper respiratory infections. However, if the child displays severe symptoms, such as very difficult breathing, or cyanosis (blue complexion), then they should be examined by a doctor immediately. ...Read more
Viral illness: Croup is usually viral illness affecting upper airway that is self limited. Most cases of viral croup mild and can be treated at home. Usually with barking type of cough. Should consult dr. To evaluate child for degree of respiratory difficulty and confirm diagnosis. Sometimes necessary to add steroids to albuterol and cold humidifier therapy if difficulty breathing.Called laryngotracheobronchitis. ...Read more
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 throat and sometimes fever. ...Read more
Barking cough: Croup is condition that causes an inflammation of the upper airway —larynx and trachea. It often leads to a barking cough or hoarseness, especially when child cries. In children 6 months to 3 years old, but can affect older kids too. Cold symptoms, like a stuffy nose and fever predate airway noise. ...Read more
Depends: Croup is a common in young children whose airways are rubbery & can make frightful noise with a forcefull cough. Several different viruses are implicated and recurrence over several seasons is common. Spasmotic croup is related to asthma & may recurr more. Your pediatrician should help you sort our your childs pattern so meds can be used if indicated. ...Read more
Supportive care: Mild croup is often treated with cool mist to the face, or, at home taking the child in a bathroom with steam. If moderate- to- severe, the child may require care in the doctor's office, emergency department or admission to the hospital. Standard treatments may include, among other measures, steroid medication and racemic Epinephrine to alleviate airway obstruction (swelling). ...Read more
croup is a viral infection that effects the teaches- the main airway we breath through. It presents with barking cough, with or without fever. some kids can have stridor in severe croup.
Treatment will involve
- taking the child to your doctor
-Moist air and Oxygen will help
- doctor may give steroids to reduce airway swelling.
- enough fluids, use paracetamole for fever
-Prop up childs head ...Read more
Croup: The fastest treatment is aerosolized epinephrine. This will rapidly shrink airway swelling. It is normally on administered in ers. Another treatment is either oral or injected steroids to shrink the swelling. Those are prescribed or administered by you doctor. At home treatments are steam from a shower, or cold air exposure. ...Read more