Croup Cough: Causes, Symptoms, Complications, Diagnosis, Treatment

Croup Cough: Causes, Symptoms, Complications, Diagnosis, Treatment

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Croup is an illness commonly seen in kids, which affects the respiratory organs of young children. It is medically known as laryngotracheobronchitis. It is the most common condition in children which generally affects trachea, larynx or bronchi. Croup is a viral disease which is characterized by difficulty in breathing accompanied by cough.

Is Croup Contagious? How Long Does Croup Last in Children and Adults?

Is Croup Contagious? How Long Does Croup Last in Children and Adults?

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Croup is contagious as long it is caused by a virus. Like any contagious germ, viruses that cause croup can spread easily through coughing, sneezing, and respiratory secretions (mucus and droplets from coughing or sneezing). If your child has croup, it should be considered contagious for three days.

Croup Cough Fever: What to Do If Your Kid Gets Fever in Croup?

Croup Cough Fever: What to Do If Your Kid Gets Fever in Croup?

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In the beginning, a child may have cold symptoms such as a stuffy or runny nose and fever. But, having fever is not necessary in Croup. Some kids don’t have any fever at all in croup. Non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be provided to the child to reduce the fever.

Albuterol for Croup Cough: How Does Albuterol Work?

Albuterol for Croup Cough: How Does Albuterol Work?

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Albuterol contains salbutamol as an active ingredient which belongs to a class of drugs known as bronchodilators. It used for the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). More specifically, it is used to treat shortness of breath and wheezing caused by breathing problems as in case of asthma.

Croup Cough Sound (Barking Cough) and Stridor

Croup Cough Sound (Barking Cough) and Stridor

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A child with croup will have a cough that sounds like a barking dog or a barking seal, a high-pitched noise of a seal or a dog. The voice will also sound raspy and hoarse especially when the child cries. The symptoms of croup, generally, get aggravated at night.