What is a Barking Cough?

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Q: What is a barking cough?


A: A barking cough is a cough with the sound similar to that of a barking animal. Generally, it is dry and harsh. As for the reason, a barking cough is caused by the swelling (and probably inflammation) around the vocal cords. Considering the reason of the barking cough and its severity, the barking cough is most likely to be a sign of croup (an infection of the upper airway).


In addition, a barking cough could also be a result of inhaling a foreign object, choking, or certain infection.


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