How do medications treat croup?

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In mild cases of croup, over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen, can help your child feel more comfortable during the recovery period. If your child is having trouble breathing, your child's doctor might prescribe corticosteroids or medicated aerosol treatments, such as epinephrine, to try to reduce the swelling around the vocal cords (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). If the croup is the result of a bacterial infection, your child's doctor is likely to prescribe antibiotics.

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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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