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What is the treatment for epiglottitis?

What is the treatment for epiglottitis?

Epiglottitis: Treatment of epiglottitis involves immediate and urgent care at the hosptial ed. It's a severe infection that needs IV antibiotics. Since you can stop breathing anytime, the doctor may pass a breathing tube through your throat. If that is not successful, a tracheostomy will be done by cutting through the skin and windpipe and inserting a breathing apparatus. ...Read more

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Dr. B Schaeffer
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Epiglottitis (Definition)

Epiglottitis is a life-threatening condition in which the tissue that covers the windpipe is swollen. It may be caused by bacteria or a virus, and common symptoms include difficulty breathing, hoarseness, chills, ...Read more


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What is the treatment for epiglottitis?

Please see below.: Most of the time, someone with epiglottitis must be intubated (have a tube put in the airway to keep it open) until the swelling resolves, and all patients with this condition need to be in the icu. After bacterial cultures are taken, IV antibiotics are started. Fever relievers may also be needed. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do or to take for epiglottitis?

What is the best thing to do or to take for epiglottitis?

Emergency care: This can easily result in sudden death if not treated immediately.There is no herbs or home remedies.These patients sit up and lean forward.They are unable to swallow their own spit.If you force them to lay down the epiglottis can spasm shut and they will die. If you suspect it go to the nearest emergency facility. ...Read more

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Can you explain epiglottitis?

Can you explain epiglottitis?

Infection: Very rare infection of epiglottis,flap of cartilage tissue covered with mucous membrane, attached to the entrance of the larynx, blocking entrance of food into airway when swallowing.Since vaccination for hemophilus influenza even rarer.Most common organism causing epiglottitis now is streptococcus pneumoniae.Other organisms include parainfluenzae, varicella-zoster,herpes simplex. Mainly children ...Read more

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How can epiglottitis in children be treated?

How can epiglottitis in children be treated?

Please see below.: Most of the time, someone with epiglottitis must be intubated (have a tube put in the airway to keep it open) until the swelling resolves, and all patients with this condition need to be in the icu. After bacterial cultures are taken, IV antibiotics are started. Fever relievers may also be needed. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of epiglottitis in children?

What are symptoms of epiglottitis in children?

Respiratory: Trouble breathing (respiratory distress), drooling,leaning forward to breathe, taking rapid shallow breaths,retraction of neck and rib muscles with breath, high-pitched whistling sound breathing (stridor), and trouble speaking. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have epiglottitis or not?

How do you know if you have epiglottitis or not?

Respiratory: Trouble breathing (respiratory distress), drooling,leaning forward to breathe, taking rapid shallow breaths,retraction of neck and rib muscles with breath, high-pitched whistling sound breathing (stridor), and trouble speaking. ...Read more

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Why does epiglottitis usually not occur in adults?

Immune system: Epiglottitis is usually caused by a bacterium - haemophilus influenza. After age 2 the immune system becomes stronger making children less susceptible to haemophilus. Actually epiglottitis is pretty rare these days since most of us are immunized against haemophilus. ...Read more

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Epiglottitis, pneumonia go together?

Not exactly: They are infections in 2 different places, pneumonia being an infection of the lungs and epiglottitis is and infection of the upper airway ( particularly the tissue that close off the wind pipe during swallowing to prevent aspiration). One of the bacteria that commonly causes epiglottis can also cause pneumonia ( hemophillis influenza), could occur together but not usually. ...Read more

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What are the risks of acute epiglottitis?

What are the risks of acute epiglottitis?

Airway blockage.: In epiglottitis, the epiglottis (which comes off the back of the tongue deep in the throat) and surrounding area is infected and swollen. This can completely block the airway, which can cause death. If you suspect epiglottitis in someone, they need to be seen at the hospital immediately. ...Read more

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