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Can an adult get croup like a child?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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