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How do other illnesses affect croup?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Croup is caused by many other types of illness. For example, most cases of croup are caused by parainfluenza, which is often confused with the common cold caused by rhinoviruses. This kind of virus is contagious and can be transferred from person to person through the air or by handling objects that have come in contact with the virus. Less commonly, croup can be caused by other illnesses that impact the respiratory system, such as the flu, measles, bacterial infections, or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), as well as allergies.

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