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Croup and Asthma

My son just turned 5.  Last month he was playing soccer and developed a wheeze and difficulty breathing by night's end.  Two days later his pediatrician diagnosed him with pneumonia.  He responded well to treatment.  One month later again after a soccer game he developed wheezing and difficulty breathing.  This time he was diagnosed with croup and put on Prednisone, Pulmicort, Xopenex and Zithromax.
After researching croup I became more confused.  His symptoms are a bark-like cough (as in croup) but his wheezing is asthma-like and seems to be coming from his lungs and not difficulty breathing due to a closure in his airway.
Could he be having asthma problems with a croup cough?  Could this simply be croup?
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