Epiglottitis - Symptoms

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Published: June 18

I had never heard of epiglottitis until a few weeks ago. I had started getting a sore throat and within 1 day I was concerned enough to make an appointment. They tested for strep which came back negative and they concluded it to be a virus, sending me home. By day two I was so sore I couldn't eat or swallow anything and was a drooling mess. So after some insisting my family took me to the hospital and they once again sent me home saying it to be a virus. Later that same night it became difficult to breathe and the pain was unbearable. I was rushed to the hospital and they immediately took a CT scan of my neck diagnosing it as epiglottitis. I was hospitalized for a few days and so far the pain has decreased but the swelling is still clearly visible after two weeks..

Published: September 01

My onset of Epiglottitis, started with the feeling of a sore throat, which lead to difficulty swallowing, and a few hours later difficulty breathing and speaking. By the time my husband drove me to ER, I started drooling and choking. The ER Physician took an x-ray of the soft tissues of the neck and the film revealed epiglottitis. I am most Thankful for My husband prompt attention of taking me to the ER and the physician for properly diagnosing and treating my symptoms. The smallest things could lead to a serious or fatal incident. Seeking medical attention for small things such as a "sore throat" seems huge to me now, whereas before I would try and treat myself with OTC medication...Not Anymore!!!.