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Understanding Croup

Last week we discussed bronchiolitis, which is usually caused by RSV.  Today I want to help you better understand croup.  Croup is swelling of the upper airway caused by a virus, usually Parainfluenza.  Despite the name, Parainfluenza has nothing to do with Influenza. Parainfluenza circulates in Utah any time it feels like it and makes...
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Understanding Bronchiolitis

Many respiratory viruses circulate in the winter in Utah, passed from person to person by droplets from sneezes and coughs. They can affect the respiratory tract from the nose, down the throat and trachea, to the lungs. What is bronchiolitis?   Bronchiolitis is when a virus causes inflammation of the tiniest windpipes in the lungs, called...
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Secondary Bacterial Infections – Pneumonia

In an earlier post, I discussed the care and management of cold symptoms, ear infections, and sinus infections. Now I will focus on the least common secondary bacterial infection seen with colds: bacterial pneumonia. What I will be discussing is a different illness with different treatment than viral pneumonia. Bacterial pneumonia is an infection caused...
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