How does croup affect the body?

Croup causes inflammation around the vocal cords (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). This swelling leads to a persistent, loud, barking cough. This is often preceded by a runny nose and a milder cough. In more severe cases, the swelling in the throat associated with croup can lead to trouble breathing. One symptom of this labored breathing may be a whistling noise, which is known as stridor, with each intake of breath. About half the time, a fever accompanies 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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