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The infection starts with a cold, cough, and low-grade temperature lasting two to three days. Then the typical barking cough (sounds like a seal) is usually present by day three and is more likely to be worse at night. The presence of stridor (wheezing on inspiration), hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, and respiratory distress are common but may or may not be severe.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/20/2014
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