Croup Topic Guide
Croup: Croup is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract that typically affects children under 3 years of age. Symptoms include a barking cough, cold, and low-grade fever. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be given to treat a fever or sore throat, and mist, humidified air, and exposure to cold air are routinely recommended by physicians. Severe croup may require hospitalization.
Epiglottitis Epiglottitis a medical emergency and death may result if not treated promptly. Causes of epiglottitis include infectious, traumatic, and chemical agents. Symptoms of epiglottitis include trouble breathing, drooling, taking rapid forward breaths, leaning forward to breathe, trouble speaking, and a high pitched whistling sound when taking a breath. If a person has epiglottits he or she should seek medical care emergently.