Croup can usually be diagnosed by a GP and treated at home. Commonly, croup is caused by a virus. Several viruses can cause croup but in most cases it is the parainfluenza virus. Read more about the causes of croup.
Croup in Adults: Symptoms, Treatment, Outlook, and More
When the upper airway is infected with the virus that causes croup, tissues around the voice box larynx and the windpipe trachea will swell. When a cough forces air through this narrowed passageway, it may sound like a seal barking. Croup refers to an infection of the upper airway, which obstructs breathing and causes a characteristic barking cough. The cough and other signs and symptoms of croup are the result of swelling around the voice box larynx , windpipe trachea and bronchial tubes bronchi. When a cough forces air through this narrowed passageway, the swollen vocal cords produce a noise similar to a seal barking.
I suspect the diagnosis as they walk in the door. I can hear them across the ER. Sometimes it can be treated at home. Croup is caused by a viral infection of the voice box or larynx and the lungs. The medical name for croup is laryngotracheobronchiolitis, which means inflammation of the larynx voice box , trachea windpipe , and bronchioles airways of the lungs.
Croup or laryngotracheitis is rare in adults. We present a case of an otherwise healthy young woman that presented in the winter with 3 days of increasing dyspnea, cough, and fever. She was hemodynamically stable but was found to have a barking cough, paradoxical abdominal breathing, and stridor. Chest radiograph revealed subglottic narrowing.