Epiglottitis is a potentially life-threatening illness characterized by inflammation of the epiglottis, which is a lid-like structure that covers the opening of the windpipe or trachea. Read more: What Is Epiglottitis? Article
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Croup is a contagious viral infection that affects children's respiratory systems. Symptoms include a barking cough, stridor, fever, and difficulty breathing. Treatment may incorporate the use of a humidifier, saline nasal spray, and pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
Is Croup Contagious?
Croup is a viral infection that typically affects children and causes inflammation of the larynx and trachea. The cough associated with croup sounds like a barking dog or seal. Croup usually lasts for about a week.
What Causes Epiglottitis?
Epiglottitis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs due to inflammation of the epiglottis—a small “lid”-like part in the throat that covers the trachea (windpipe). Epiglottitis can affect any age group. Swelling of the epiglottis causes airway obstruction; hence, epiglottitis requires emergency medical care. Prompt treatment can prevent fatal, life-threatening complications.
Croup in Infants and Children: Patient Education
Croup is a viral infection caused by parainfluenza viruses, adenovirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), or measles virus.
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