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Dr. B Schaeffer
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Epiglottitis (Overview)

A life-threatening condition in which the tissue that covers the windpipe is swollen.


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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

Dr. B Schaeffer
110 Doctors shared insights

Epiglottitis (Overview)

A life-threatening condition in which the tissue that covers the windpipe is swollen.


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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?

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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How can I prevent acute epiglottitis again?

Not always: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccine young children receive for older children and adults with immune systems compromised by:sickle cell disease, HIV/AIDS, spleen removal,
chemotherapy, medications to prevent rejection of organ or bone marrow transplants.Immunization with Hib vaccine usually for hemophilus influen b organism. Other bacteria, fungi, and viruses can cause. ...Read more

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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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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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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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What is an epiglottitis spasm?

What is an epiglottitis spasm?

Flap snaps shut: Normally your epiglottis (eg) covers your airway when you swallow food or liquids. This prevents stuff from entering your lungs & causing pneumonia. If a child has an infected eg, they usually sit up & try not to swallow their own spit. They often sound hoarse & look afraid. If you make the mistake (parent or md) of forcing them to lay down, the eg can spasm shut & breathing can be impossible. ...Read more

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How did I develop epiglottitis?

How did I develop epiglottitis?

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. ...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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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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What are the symptoms of epiglottitis?

What are the symptoms of epiglottitis?

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 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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What can cause epiglottitis in children?

What can cause epiglottitis in children?

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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Who is at risk to develop epiglottitis?

Who is at risk to develop epiglottitis?

Some risk factors: Certain increased risk factors. More males than females.
Having weakened immune system, more susceptible to bacterial infections causing epiglottitis.
Lacking adequate vaccination. Delayed or skipped immunizations make child vulnerable to Hemophilus influenzae, most common bacterium causing epiglottitis and increases the risk. ...Read more

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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?

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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Do lots of people get epiglottitis, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get epiglottitis, or is it unusual?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: Epiglottitis?

Epiglottitis: Infection of the epiglottis (a flap of cartilage at the root of the tongue, which is depressed during swallowing to cover the opening of the windpipe). Symptoms include fever, severe sore throat, difficulty swallowing, drooling, high pitched breath sounds, greater comfort when sitting up and forward. It is a medical emergency requiring rapid care to keep the airway open. ...Read more

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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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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