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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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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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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'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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What causes epiglottitis?

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?

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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