Epiglottitis is a very rapid developing infection that causes inflammation of your epiglottis. And it’s a potentially fatal condition.
Other epiglottis throat infection symptoms may include:
- no cough
- talking problem
- painful swallowing
- difficulty breathing
Epiglottitis can progressively worsen very quickly. Ultimately, this throat infection may precipitate a swollen epiglottis that completely blocks your airway. And becomes a health emergency in no time.
The most common cause of difficulty swallowing and severe sore throat epiglottitis symptoms is a Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) infection. It’s a contagious bacteria that can also cause pneumonia and meningitis, but not influenza.
Epiglottitis was once a major health concern for young children. But because of routine Hib vaccinations given to infants it’s less of a health worry. However, be aware that Hib is not the only cause of epiglottis throat infection or inflammation.
Some other germs that can infect your epiglottis or situations that cause it to swell are:
- hot liquid, chemical burns
- direct throat injury, swallow object
- smoke drugs ~ crack cocaine, heroin
- varicella zoster virus ~ also causes chickenpox, shingles
- streptococcus A, B & C bacteria ~ also causes strep throat,blood infections
- candida albicans fungus ~ also causes vaginal yeast infections,diaper rash, thrush
- streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria ~ also causes meningitis, pneumonia, ear infections, sepsis
If you suspect epiglottitis, then seek emergency health treatment.
Epiglottitis’ severe sore throat commonly strikes those 2-6 years old. It can happen in older individuals, albeit rarely, particularly those with a weakened immune system.
Initial treatment for epiglottis throat infection may require intubation or a tracheotomy. Antibiotics will likely be administered after your breathing difficulty is resolved. And corticosteroids may be prescribed to decrease throat swelling.