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What sort of disease is croup?

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Dr. John Allred
Pediatrics
11 doctors agree

In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. John Allred
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Dr. Pamela Middleton
the homeopathic medicine spongia tosta can also be very helpful for croup
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
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Viral Infection

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: Viral Infection

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.
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In brief: Viral illness

Croup is caused by a virus most commonly by the parainfluenza virus.
It causes upper respiratory symptoms. Most classic symptom is a barky cough. It can be quite serious when stridor is present. Humidified air is helpful but sometimes racemic Epinephrine and Dexamethasone are needed.

In brief: Viral illness

Croup is caused by a virus most commonly by the parainfluenza virus.
It causes upper respiratory symptoms. Most classic symptom is a barky cough. It can be quite serious when stridor is present. Humidified air is helpful but sometimes racemic Epinephrine and Dexamethasone are needed.
Dr. Marina Armendariz
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