Are there alternative treatments for croup?

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In most cases, croup is mild enough to be treated at home. If your child's doctor recommends home treatment, give your child plenty of rest and fluids. Steam, such as from a vaporizer, can ease the symptoms of croup during the recovery period, which usually lasts less than a week. Inhaling cold air, such as the air outside at night, has also been known to help. You can give your child acetaminophen to ease his or her discomfort and fever. Such alternative treatments may not be sufficient if your child's croup is severe, however.

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Viral Throat Infections

Viral Throat Infections

Aside from strep throat, most sore throats caused by are contagious, viral throat infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics. The most common culprits of a viral throat infection include coxsackievirus, mononucleosis, and ...

the flu. Mononucleosis (mono) is a virus that causes symptoms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Viral throat infections are best treated with rest, liquids and other home remedies. If the sore throat causes you to have trouble breathing or a high fever, or results in spots in the back of your throat, call your doctor.
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