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Who Is Affected by Croup


Who Is Affected by Croup

Croup causes the airway to swell and narrow and makes you have a harsh, barking cough and trouble breathing. It usually develops a day or two after the start of an upper respiratory infection.

Croup most commonly occurs during the late fall and early winter in children 6 months to 36 months of age.1 Adults rarely get croup because their breathing passages are stronger and larger than children's.

References

Citations

  1. Johnson D (2009). Croup, search date June 2008. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerThomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Last RevisedJune 7, 2010

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