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Epiglottitis or just trouble breathing due to inflammation?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Serious problem

Epiglotitis is an acute inflammation, usually caused by a bacteria, of the soft tissue part of the palate 'above the tongue'.
It is serious, and if one has it and starts to have trouble breathing, it becomes a life-threatening emergency. Antibiotic, steroids, iced drinks may treat it, but life-saving tracheostomy may be required. Upper airway infection leading to difficulty breathing--emergency.

In brief: Serious problem

Epiglotitis is an acute inflammation, usually caused by a bacteria, of the soft tissue part of the palate 'above the tongue'.
It is serious, and if one has it and starts to have trouble breathing, it becomes a life-threatening emergency. Antibiotic, steroids, iced drinks may treat it, but life-saving tracheostomy may be required. Upper airway infection leading to difficulty breathing--emergency.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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