Can croup be prevented?

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Because most cases of croup are caused by the same kind of contagious virus that causes the common cold, one of the best ways to prevent croup is to make sure that children wash their hands frequently. Parents should also try to avoid contact with others who have respiratory infections or croup. Having children vaccinated against diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae (Hib), and measles can also help prevent croup, as these illnesses can lead to severe cases of croup.

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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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