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Dr. B Schaeffer
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Epiglottitis (Overview)

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, and abnormal breathing sounds.


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What sort of disorder is epiglottitis?

What sort of disorder is epiglottitis?

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 more

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Dr. B Schaeffer
103 doctors shared insights

Epiglottitis (Overview)

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, and abnormal breathing sounds.


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What are the symptoms of epiglottitis?

What are the symptoms of  epiglottitis?

Please see below.: 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. Symptoms can also include sore throat, difficulty swallowing, fever, and muffled voice. If you suspect epiglottitis in someone, they need to be seen at the hospital immediately. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be diagnosed with epiglottitis more than once?

Is it possible to be diagnosed with epiglottitis more than once?

Rare: When recurrent acute epiglottitis occurs in adults, it is important to investigate the immune system because a quantitative or a specific antibody deficiency could be found. Same probably holds for adolescents and children. ...Read more

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What are the tests for epiglottitis?

Scope and cultures: Most of the time, an ENT doctor will examine the airway with a scope (with an anesthesiologist right there to put an airway tube in if there is epiglottitis); ultrasound is also sometimes used. Cultures of blood and the epiglottis are done as well. ...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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What causes epiglottitis?

Mostly infection: Very rare infection of epiglottis, flap of elastic 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. ...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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How is acute epiglottitis treated usually?

How is acute epiglottitis treated usually?

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 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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What's epiglottitis risk?

What's epiglottitis risk?

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 more

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