Croup

Croup

We are currently seeing cases of croup, a viral respiratory illness that most often is caused by the parainfluenza virus. The cough and breathing that are associated with croup make it distinctly different from other viral colds or respiratory illnesses. This is because the parainfluenza virus infects and irritates the voice box, the vocal cords, and the windpipe. The cough is worse at night, and it has a distinct bark that sounds much like a seal's bark. Associated with the barky cough, your child may have difficulty when inhaling air, making a labored and whistling sound when breathing in -- called stridor. Humidified air and fluids often are the most helpful treatments. We may also decide to give your child oral steroids to help with the stridor. Please call the office to have your child evaluated by the doctor if he/she has symptoms of croup.

Call: 717-569-8518
Fax: 717-569-3903

Lancaster Office
1725A Oregon Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601

Directions
Brownstown Office
4221 Oregon Pike
Ephrata, PA 17522

Directions
Mount Joy
779 East Main Street
Mount Joy, PA 17552

Directions