hello im 23 i have had recurrent croup since i was 18 months old tending to have an attack evrey couple of months, some come on very suddenly and will result in the loss of my voice and being unable to breate at all. i am just recovering from a very severe bout and was wondering why i have attacks so often and if their is any thing i can do to prevent them. as i know the night before when an attack is coming on and am willing to try anything to prevent another attack.
Croup is almost exclusively a childhood disease, caused by a virus, and is most common in children under the age of 3. The infection involves the larynx and large airways. These same structures can become infected in adults, but the symptoms are somewhat different and it is not called croup.
The hoarseness is a definite indication of involvement of the larynx and vocal cords and probably also the epiglottis. Your description suggests that you are experiencing periodic, recurrent obstruction of your airway.
What we call this is less important than finding out what is causing your attacks and then being able to treat it. You should first seek consultation with an ENT specialist who will directly examine your larynx, including the vocal cords, with an instrument called a fiberoptic laryngoscope. If he/she concludes that your disease is not limited to the larynx, but also involves your lungs, you would be best advised to see a lung specialist, called a pulmonologist. You could have any of a number of lung problems including asthma, bronchiectasis or cystic fibrosis. This would be a good time in your life to find out exactly what is going on so you don’t have to live with it the rest of your life.
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