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PostSubject: Croup   Mon Oct 13, 2008 1:32 pm

Croup
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What is croup?


Croup is an infection that affects the voice box (larynx) and the airway to the lungs (trachea). The scientific name for croup is laryngotracheitis.

Croup is characterised by the sudden onset of a 'seal-like', barking cough that is usually accompanied by a rasping sound upon breathing in, known as inspiratory stridor.

Other common characteristics of the condition include a hoarse voice and respiratory distress due to obstruction of the upper airways.
Who is affected by croup?

Croup usually affects young children between six months and three years of age. However, children who are over six years of age may sometimes get croup. It is also possible for children who are under six months of age to develop croup, although this is rare.

Croup tends to affect boys more than girls. During childhood, those affected by croup may get the condition two, or more, times.
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