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What throat disorder causes breathing difficulty?

Throat pain in conjunction with breathing difficulty is most likely caused by croup. Croup is a common ailment for young children. It can actually be caused by a variety of things, including bacteria, allergies, viruses, and gastric reflux. Croup usually involves a rough cough, which can become particularly bad at night. A child with croup does not necessarily need to see a doctor, but you should be prepared to get emergency help if they are having trouble swallowing or getting enough oxygen.

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