Croup - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Dec 15, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for croup?

When the child shows signs and symptoms of a loud, disturbing barking cough, it is recommended to seek the advice of a family physician, who can perform the required tests to make an accurate diagnosis.

In children with severe croup, it is advised to seek emergency medical help.

2. How is croup contracted?

Croup may be contracted due to infectious agents, such as viruses, bacteria, or non-infectious agents, such as acid reflux, allergies, or irritation to the airway when inhaling.

3. What is spasmodic croup?

Spasmodic croup is an allergic reaction to a viral infection. It can occur suddenly in patients and lasts just for 2 to 4 hours.

4. What are the complications of croup?

Croup can give rise to other complications besides the barking cough. These complications are pneumonia, dehydration, or ear infection.

5. Is there a vaccine for croup?

There is no specific vaccine for croup.

However, vaccinations, such as DTaP/IPV/Hib (diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Haemophilus influenza type b) and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) can protect against croup since many of these infections may give rise to the condition.

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