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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
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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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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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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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Why does epiglottitis usually not occur in adults?

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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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 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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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 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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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 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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