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Croup In Adults
is a respiratory infection. It causes your throat and upper airways of the lungs to swell and narrow. It is also called laryngotracheobronchitis. Croup is more common in children, but adults can also get it.
Croup begins like a cold with cough, fever, and a runny nose. Your symptoms usually remain mild during the first 2 to 4 days. After that, the following symptoms get worse at night or when you lie down:
- A harsh or barking cough
- Noisy or whistling breathing
Seek care immediately if:
- The skin around your mouth or fingertips turns blue.
- You have severe difficulty breathing.
- You cannot swallow your spit and begin to drool.
- You are severely fatigued.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- Your symptoms do not get better or get worse.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Treatment for croup
can usually be done at home. Your healthcare provider may recommend any of the following:
- Medicines, such as acetaminophen, steroids, and NSAIDs, may help with a fever. Ask your healthcare provider what cough medicine may help with your cough.
- Rest and keep calm as much as possible. The stress hormones can make your cough worse.
- Sit in a steam-filled bathroom. Turn the shower on. Close the door and sit in the bathroom for about 15 to 20 minutes. Do not get into the shower.
- Use a vaporizer. Use a vaporizer next to your bed to help decrease your cough at night.
- Drink warm liquids. Warm liquids will soothe your throat and help with your cough.
Prevent the spread of croup:
- Wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs to others. Use soap and water. Use gel hand cleaner when soap and water are not available. Wash your hands after you use the bathroom, cough, or sneeze. Wash your hands before you prepare or eat food.
- Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or the bend of your arm. If you use a tissue, throw it away immediately and wash your hands.
- Do not share cups, silverware, or dishes with others.
- Stay home if you are sick.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.