It usually impacts young kids, but in rare cases, adults can develop croup too. A study published in reported on what the authors described as the 15th adult croup case documented in literature. Read on to learn more about what causes croup and how doctors treat it. These symptoms last about three to five days.
For Brisbane mum Jane, the sight and sound of her month-old son struggling to breathe frightened her enough to call triple-zero. We had no idea what it was. We were so worried we called the ambulance. Also known as laryngotracheitis, croup is usually caused by a viral infection that causes inflammation of the voice box larynx , windpipe trachea and airways to the lungs bronchi. In Queensland, there are more than 10, presentations to emergency departments for croup or croup-like respiratory illnesses each year — an average of about 28 a day.
This material must not be used for commercial purposes, or in any hospital or medical facility. Failure to comply may result in legal action. Medically reviewed by Drugs. Last updated on Feb 3, Croup is a respiratory infection.