What is Croup?

The Sun March 2024

Dr Sanjay Mehta

Dr Sanjay Mehta, a Private GP at the London General Practice, contributes to an article outlining the symptoms of Croup. Croup is a common childhood illness that causes the airways to swell and breathing problems. Symptoms of croup typically include a barking cough, known as a “seal bark”, and noisy breathing. While most common in children Croup can also affect all ages, though generally it won’t last as long in adults as their airways are more developed. Croup is contagious especially when symptoms first appear.

Symptoms of CROUP can include:

  • A hoarse voice
  • Barking cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A high pitched sound when breathing

“Children often get symptoms leading up to croup for around three days – the standard, non-specific respiratory symptoms, a runny nose, fever, coughing – just a normal cough – and then it can progress into croup, with its distinctive seal-like cough.”

For more information read the full article below. If you are concerned about Croup and would like to make an appointment with a Private Harley Street GP please get in touch with us here.

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