Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cough due to Croup Treatment

Treatment for croup includes humidified air. A vaporizer or cool mist nebulizer may help reduce the cough. Exposure to cool air may also reduce the cough. For those with prolonged symptoms, the doctor may recommend treatment with oral corticosteroid medications. Children with croup who develop severe difficulty breathing may require treatment in a hospital for inhaled epinephrine therapy. Acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be used for fever.

Treatment for croup includes:

Cough due to Croup Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of croup.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Cough due to Croup Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat croup:

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Last Updated: Jun 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Cough due to Croup References
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