How common is croup?

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Croup is quite common among young children and is usually causes by human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs). These viruses are widespread and contagious and infect most people during childhood. They can be transferred from person to person through the air or by handling objects that have come in contact with the virus. Many people develop some resistance to these viruses as they get older, making croup less common in people over the age of five.

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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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