Top
10
Doctor insights on: Epiglottis

Share
1

1
What is the epiglottis?

What is the epiglottis?

See below: It is a small piece of tissue just behind the base of the tongue in the throat. It's basically a lid with a hinge. Its purpose is to covert the top of the trachea (windpipe) when you swallow so that the contents in your mouth go down your esophagus and not the trachea into your lungs. That would cause choking and risk infection like pneumonia or other damage to the lungs. ...Read more

2

2
Can the epiglottis cause you to gag?

Can the epiglottis cause you to gag?

Epiglottis ; gagging: Hello. Manipulating you base of tongue, uvula, tonsils or epiglottis will probably cause gagging. There is a rich supply of sensory receptors in this region that helps our body sense the pathway of food. If it feels altered, gagging will occur which protects our airway. ...Read more

3

3
I can see my epiglottis is that normal?

I can see my epiglottis is that normal?

Yes: Some people have a shallow throat or large epiglottis. As long as you are not having difficulty with breathing or swallowing there's nothing to worry about. ...Read more

4

4
How to remove food stuck in the epiglottis?

How to remove food stuck in the epiglottis?

Self cleaning: If you have a feeling of food stuck in the epiglottis, it is likely something other than food. Epiglottis would clean itself by inducing cough and swallowing. If the feeling persists, please see your doctor for an examination. ...Read more

5

5
Is it normal to have white areas on my epiglottis?

Is it normal to have white areas on my epiglottis?

Not epiglottis: You may have white areas in the back of your throat but it highly unlikely they are on the epiglottis. Do you have pain, swollen glands, elevated temperature? Usually, the only way an epiglottis is seen is with a laryngeal mirror or an endoscope. Have a physician culture the throat to identify any pathogen. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
I wanted to find out why my epiglottis is suddenly visible. Should it be a cause for concern? I am an adult.

I wanted to find out why my epiglottis is suddenly visible. Should it be a cause for concern? I am an adult.

Interesting: I wonder why you have never seen your epiglottis before. If you open your mouth and depressed the tongue it is easy to see. I'm sure it has been there your whole life and if you have no problems with swallowing, stay cool & relax. ...Read more

8

8
Does croup affect the epiglottis?

Does croup affect the epiglottis?

No: Croup is viral infection that affects the larynx, trachea, and rarely bronchi, referred to as laryngotracheobronchitis. Most croup involves poximal trachea. Epiglottis infection is called epiglottitis and usually caused by bacterium. ...Read more

9

9
Is a visible epiglottis normal in a 16 year old male.

Is a visible epiglottis normal in a 16 year old male.

Peek A Boo!!: Yes, as long as it's in the back of his throat and not hanging from his ear. A small percentage of people have an epiglottis that peeks up from the back of the tongue. That's OK as long as it's not causing any disturbing symptoms, like a foreign body sensation or chronic inflammation and pain. ...Read more

10

10
My sister is 19. She saw 2 days ago a small tongue, looks like epiglottis on back of her tongue. not bothering, no pain. Will it go itself?

My sister is 19. She saw 2 days ago a small tongue, looks like epiglottis on back of her tongue. not bothering, no pain. Will it go itself?

No: It stays there forever. She was born with it. The epiglottis covers the trachea (covers the hole leading to the lungs) so that she doesn't choke when swallowing. In kids, it is easier to see. It is a bit harder to see in adults, but if she is 19 years old and her epiglottis is easily seen, she'll likely be that way forever. ...Read more