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Best Epiglottitis Treatment
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Call 911 Immediately: Go the nearest er immediately or call 911. This infection is not as common thanks to immunizations but still is seen...Albeit rarely. The flap of tissue covering the trachea or airway gets infected and inflamed and your airway gets obstructed. Immediate antibiotics and close airway monitoring is paramount. This is a true emergency if you have this type of infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can stop breathing: The epiglottis is a tissue structure in the back of the throat that overlies the vocal cords. If infected (usually h. Flu bacteria or virus), it can become inflamed, swell up, and even stop breathing. Small children are at worst risk because their airways are small. In rare cases, it can cause death. If anyone feels that his/her throat is swelling, this is a reason to seek emergency treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My throat hurts bad when I swallow and when I lower my head. I also see a white tube behind my tongue when I stick it out. Could it be Epiglottitis?
May be your uvula: It is unusual to be able to see the epiglottis. I think you are describing an infection of the uvula. Have your doctor exam and treat you. This can be serious. Epiglottis usually does not allow you to change positions of your neck. You have have dysphagia, drooling, voice change and hoarseness. All the best and I hope you feel better soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An infection: Epiglotittis is an acute infection of the epiglottis, which is a soft tissue that hangs in front of your windpipe opening. This is a very serious illness as if not treated quickly can lead to severe respiratory difficulties. If symptoms of severe sore throat , excessive salivation, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and fever occur go to an emergency room or your doctor immediately. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Less common today: After wide use of the hib vaccine ~1992 we saw a decline in the frequency of this frightening diease. When prevalent, it mostly affected the infant & toddler & early pre school group.It is still seen occasionally amoung the unvaccinated croud or with different germs involved.I always think of it as a possibility when symptoms match up or involving imigrant groups. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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