Epiglottitis

  • Inflammation and swelling in the back of the throat
  • Symptoms may include shortness of breath that may occur suddenly with throat pain and fever
  • Progresses rapidly resulting in blockage of the airway
  • Caused most often by a bacterial infection
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but commonly more severe in young children
  • Severe and considered a medical emergency

FOR EMERGENCIES

 

If you are trained in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation):

  • Check for pulse and respirations. If both of these are absent, proceed with CPR as you were trained.
  • If respirations are absent, but there is a pulse, proceed with rescue breathing as you were trained.

 

If you are not trained in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation):

  • Call emergency services.
  • If the person is unconscious, begin to push hard and fast on the center of the chest.

 

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

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