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When should you call 911 about epiglottitis?

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Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you have a sore throat accompanied by any of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Muffled voice
  • Swallowing problems
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Irritability
  • Bluish skin
  • Respiratory distress characterized by drooling, shortness of breath, rapid shallow breathing, very ill-looking appearance, upright posturing with tendency to lean forward, and stridor (high-pitched sound when breathing in)

From: Epiglottitis WebMD Medical Reference

Author: Gerald E Maloney, Jr, DO, Attending Physician, Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Coauthor(s): William R Fraser, DO, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Doctors Hospital. Editors: Marian Gambrell, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, St Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James S Cohen, MD, Consulting Staff, James Cohen, PC.



Epiglottitis from eMedicineHealth  

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 16, 2017

Author: Gerald E Maloney, Jr, DO, Attending Physician, Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Coauthor(s): William R Fraser, DO, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Doctors Hospital. Editors: Marian Gambrell, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, St Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James S Cohen, MD, Consulting Staff, James Cohen, PC.



Epiglottitis from eMedicineHealth  

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 16, 2017

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