When to seek medical advice

Epiglottitis is regarded as a medical emergency, asa swollen epiglottis can restrict the oxygen supply to your lungs.

Dial 999 to ask for an ambulance if you think you or your child has epiglottitis.

While waiting for an ambulance, you shouldn't attempt to examineyour child's throat, place anything inside their mouth or lay them on their back, because this may make their symptoms worse. It's important to keep them calm and to try not to cause panic or distress.

Epiglottitis can be fatal if the throat becomes completely blocked. However, with appropriate treatment, most peoplemake a full recovery.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dez 2018