(Upper airway infection)

About Croup

Croup is a upper respiratory infection with breathing difficulty and a barking cough. It's usually caused by a virus, such as RSV, adenovirus, or influenza, which infects the upper respiratory tract and causes swollen vocal cords. Croup is common in infants and young children.

  • Also known as
  • Upper airway infection
  • Laryngotracheobronchitis
Symptoms of Croup
  • Cold symptoms
  • Barking cough that lasts for 3 to 7 days, usually worse at night
  • Difficulty breathing
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All Medications for Croup


  • Pulmicort
    Prescription only

    Pulmicort (Budesonide) works well for long-term asthma control, but isn't a rescue inhaler (so it won't stop a sudden asthma attack).

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Inhaler

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