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Croup: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

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How is the treatment done?

Croup is a type of infection that infects the larynx, bronchial tubes and the trachea. This form of infection occurs due to many viruses and rarely due to some bacteria. This is a contagious disease and you often notice heavy coughing and deep sounds while inhaling. It is known that this disease mostly affects children between 6 months and 3 years of age and this disease is also known to be seasonal as it occurs mostly during winters. Croup can be spread via airborne infected substances and it can be also spread when an infected person coughs over someone. If you are diagnosed with this disease then you might notice gradual swelling of your vocal chords and you also notice difficulty in breathing and swallowing food. You might also notice distinct heavy sounds from your vocal chords while inhaling or coughing. Irrespective of the type of croup, you will always face difficulty in breathing and often face some retractions such as your skin might be tightened around the ribs and immediate medical help is needed as the condition might worsen gradually if left untreated.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

The treatment procedure of this disease depends on the type of infection (infection by a virus or bacteria). Then your medical expert might obtain certain X Rays of the affected areas to check the severity of the swelling. As the infected person faces trouble breathing therefore a pulse oximeter is used to determine the oxygen levels in the body and then necessary steps are taken so that you receive adequate oxygen in your body. Antibiotics and certain cough syrups are advised to ease the problems of the symptoms that you are facing. Certain steroid therapies are used to cure this infection and these may be applied by injection or by oral methods. These steroids help to fight the antibodies that are present in your body and kill the bacteria and viruses that are present. The doctor will prevent the patient from getting dehydrated and will recommend that you intake as much as fluids possible.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you face problem in breathing and the skin around the ribs are tightened along with deep coughs then seek medical help as you might be eligible for this kind of treatment. You might also notice involuntary deep sounds while breathing. You might start drooling and have difficulty in swallowing as the inflammations causes pain, you might also seem to be fatigued and you will breathe at a faster rate than usual (palpitations). You should also see a doctor when you notice that your skin develops a grayish and blue color usually in the mouth and the fingernail area.

Are there any side effects?

Sometimes croup might be confused with an ordinary condition of whooping cough. You should get tested and if you are diagnosed with whooping cough instead then you are not eligible for this kind of treatment. Other forms of cough often cause you to have stiffness and pain in your chest that might indicate some other condition but it necessarily does not mean that you are suffering from croup.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

The cough syrups, steroids and antibiotics might cause a feeling of nausea and weakness. You might also face loss in appetite. The pain in your abdomen and chest might persist with the coughing and due to the prescribed medications such as cough syrup, they can cause you to feel drowsy from time to time.

How long does it take to recover?

You should have the children wash their hands frequently to reduce the chances of spreading the infection. You should also consume a lot of fluids and keep yourself hydrated at all times. Try to avoid exposure to irritants such as smoke and polluted areas as you are now prone to respiratory diseases.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

With proper treatment and care you can recover from this disease within 5 to 8 days. In severe cases of this condition the recovery time might take up to 15 days as the medications take time to cure the condition. Children with low immune system will face difficulty in recovering.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Since the course of treatment for this disease requires only medications the steroids and the other medications range from Rs. 500 to Rs. 2,500.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

With proper care and treatment the results of the treatment are known to be permanent. However you should be cautious and avoid polluted areas and wash your hands frequently. You should recover within 5 to 8 days.

Popular Questions & Answers

Cold and cough is caused by a viral infection, which can last for about two to four weeks. The symptoms include stuffy or a runny nose, coughing and sore throat. Many times, the infection may raise body temperature and the child may suffer from fever. Our body’s immune system naturally fights with such infections. Depending on the type of cough and the symptoms, the virus can stay active in the body for about 4 to 6 weeks. It is quite painful to see the child suffering from cold and cough. The symptoms of this infection are worse during the first two days. The child will experience pain and irritation in the throat with difficulty in swallowing, frequent coughing with mucous, breathing difficulty and high fever. Most parents rush to over the counter drugs for cold and cough to ease of their child’s agony. However, most drugs/ cough syrups available over the counter only provide temporary relief. Medical evidence suggests that antibiotics do not kill viruses, thus, it is not advisable to treat cold and cough with antibiotics unless accompanied by another infection. So, what do parents do? Well, there is a lot that can be done. Let’s first understand the type of a cough your child might be suffering from: Dry cough: Generally occurs due to infection in upper respiratory tract, cold or influenza. Children with asthma and allergies are also prone to this type of cough as dry cough is triggered by smoke or dust. Croup Cough: A harsh barking and dry cough with swelling beneath vocal cords. Wet Cough: Most commonly caused by cold. This is an infection of the lower respiratory tract characterized by mucous secretions. Whooping cough: Characterised by fast coughing, breathing difficulties and a whooping sound while breathing. Apart from this, If coughing starts suddenly along with choking, the child may have inhaled a foreign body. Immediate help may be required. For babies less than 12 months of age, cold cough followed by breathing difficulties may indicate bronchiolitis and require a paediatric attention. A normal cold and cough generally subside with two to four weeks. However, it is important to understand when to consult a doctor. Chest pain or breathing problems lasting for more than 6 weeks. A yellow, green or brown mucous indicating another infection. Swollen glands, persistent high fever, rashes. Body getting pale and symptoms getting worse. Temperature higher than 38 degrees in the case of infants. Precautions and diet that should be taken care of Increase Intake of fluids especially hot liquidsNever stop breastfeeding the babyVapour rub applied on chest and back is an effective remedyInhaling steam provides relief to a sore throat and noseIntake of crushed tulsi leaves with honey or hot turmeric milk is soothing and very helpful There is little we can do to prevent viral infections. However, proper care and caution can ensure a smooth recovery. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a pediatrician.

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My son is of 10 months and suffering of cold cough. His chest is blocked. Pl advise.

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Keep a check on baby,give extra breadfeeding or bottle feed,make sure he gets plenty of sleep.. Give him a hot water steam to relieve blocked nose.. take him to a nearby doctor for medication.. because cough and cold in babies turned to pneumonia ...

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Hoarseness of voice may be a symptom of croup. If the symptoms are still persisting, associated with breathlessness. Then admission to hospital and adrenaline nebulization s is advisable.

Sir. My mother has problem in her chest. We are taking treatment from last 6 months but no benefit or recovery has recorded. Dry cough, pain in chest, inhalation problem are major symptoms. Doctor never told us what type of disease my mother had. Name the disease sir.

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Lybrate-user, first you know about dry cough, thare is swelling in thecanel of thepatient viz swelling in the layrnx and trachea both. The patien suffers blocked throat, throat while coughing. Mostly this tyep of cough start because of cold corup ...
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