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Is whooping cough and the croup the same diphtheria virus just different names?

18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
14 doctors agree

In brief: Not at All

Whooping cough is caused by bv.
Pertussis. Croup is caused by many viruses diptheria is neither of the above and unique. The symptoms however may be similar.

In brief: Not at All

Whooping cough is caused by bv.
Pertussis. Croup is caused by many viruses diptheria is neither of the above and unique. The symptoms however may be similar.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Sara Gonzalez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Whooping cough is another name for pertussis, a bad respiratory infection that can cause weeks to months of severe coughing.
Croup is an upper respiratory infection that can cause noisy breathing that we describe as stridor. Diphtheria is another disease, which causes respiratory distress caused by a pseudomembrane in the throat. All can be life-threatening if not treated appropriately.

In brief: No

Whooping cough is another name for pertussis, a bad respiratory infection that can cause weeks to months of severe coughing.
Croup is an upper respiratory infection that can cause noisy breathing that we describe as stridor. Diphtheria is another disease, which causes respiratory distress caused by a pseudomembrane in the throat. All can be life-threatening if not treated appropriately.
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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatrics - Critical Care

In brief: No

Whooping cough or pertussis is caused by the bacteria bordatella pertussis, whereas croup is most often a viral process (rarely can be a bacteria).
Whooping cough, preventable by vaccination, can be treated with antibiotics. Croup treatment is supportive care, which may range from no required therapy to more significant care in the hospital. Both, if severe, can require hospitalization.

In brief: No

Whooping cough or pertussis is caused by the bacteria bordatella pertussis, whereas croup is most often a viral process (rarely can be a bacteria).
Whooping cough, preventable by vaccination, can be treated with antibiotics. Croup treatment is supportive care, which may range from no required therapy to more significant care in the hospital. Both, if severe, can require hospitalization.
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