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.
Severity. Children without signs of airway compromise, respiratory difficulty, stridor, or drooling, and mild swelling (laryngoscopy) managed without immediate airway intervention by close monitoring in ICU. Unstabe pt. Immediate airway management. Signs and symptoms associated with need for intubation include respiratory distress, airway compromise, stridor, inability to swallow, drooling, sitting erect.