What are the symptoms of croup?

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The primary symptom of croup is a loud, barking cough, though this is often preceded by symptoms that are more typical of a common cold, such as a runny nose and a milder cough. In more severe cases, the swelling in the throat associated with croup can lead to trouble breathing. A 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. The symptoms of croup are often more severe at night.

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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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