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What is croup?
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Viral Infection
Croup describes an inflammation of the windpipe, that can be caused by many different viruses.
Typical symptoms include a barky cough and noisy breathing (stridor). Treatment consists of cool mist or steam, and sometimes oral steroids or breathing treatments.

In brief: Viral Infection
Croup describes an inflammation of the windpipe, that can be caused by many different viruses.
Typical symptoms include a barky cough and noisy breathing (stridor). Treatment consists of cool mist or steam, and sometimes oral steroids or breathing treatments.
Dr. Scott Katz
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
In brief: Viral illness
Croup is usually viral illness affecting upper airway that is self limited.
Most cases of viral croup are mild and can be treated at home. Usually with barking type of cough. Should consult physician to evaluate child for degree of respiratory difficulty and confirm diagnosis. Sometimes necessary to add steroids to albuterol and humidifier therapy if difficulty breathing.

In brief: Viral illness
Croup is usually viral illness affecting upper airway that is self limited.
Most cases of viral croup are mild and can be treated at home. Usually with barking type of cough. Should consult physician to evaluate child for degree of respiratory difficulty and confirm diagnosis. Sometimes necessary to add steroids to albuterol and humidifier therapy if difficulty breathing.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
In brief: Airway inflammation
Croup is inflammation of the airway involving the voice box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea).
It is typically caused by a viral infection in the fall or winter. Symptoms include a barking cough and noise (stridor) when breathing in. Depending on the severity of the inflammation the child may experience difficult breathing as well.

In brief: Airway inflammation
Croup is inflammation of the airway involving the voice box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea).
It is typically caused by a viral infection in the fall or winter. Symptoms include a barking cough and noise (stridor) when breathing in. Depending on the severity of the inflammation the child may experience difficult breathing as well.
Dr. Arthur Torre
Dr. Arthur Torre
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