A 35-year-old member asked:
how did i develop epiglottitis?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Peter Kurzweil answered
49 years experience Internal Medicine
Exposure to bacteria: Epiglotitis is often caused by a bacteria called hemophilus influenza'. It is bacterial, it is not an influenza organism. Rx requires usually a newer form of penicillin, steroids to rapidly shrink the inflammation and the soft tissue in the back of the throat that will block breathing when gets inflammed enough. C prior answer too.
Answered on Jun 10, 2012
Dr. Gerald Mandell answered
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Usually bacterium: Usually bacterial in origin. Hemophilus influenza was most common organism affecting children 3-6 years of age. With immunizations during early childhood for hemophilus epiglottitis now rare.Streptococcus pneumoniae, A,B,C now usually etiology. Swelling of epiglottis causing similar symptoms can be caused by urticaria, trauma physical or chemical, weak immune system, lack of adequate immunization.
Answered on Dec 1, 2014
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