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Epiglottitis is inflammation and swelling of the epiglottis. In most cases it is caused by infection.
Symptoms of epiglottitis
The symptoms of epiglottitis usually develop quickly and get rapidly worse, although they can develop over a few days in older children and adults.
Causes of epiglottitis
The most common cause of epiglottitis is the Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) bacteria.
Diagnosing epiglottitis
In suspected cases of epiglottitis, the first priority is to ensure that you can breathe properly and that the lungs are getting enough oxygen.
Treating epiglottitis
Epiglottitis is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment and admission to the nearest hospital.
Preventing epiglottitis
The most effective way to prevent your child getting epiglottitis is to make sure that their vaccinations are up to date.
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