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I was just diagonsed with epiglottitis at age 46, when should I be able to return to work?


If your case was caught early enough, you hopefully didn't have to have a breathing tube put in. If you did, your recovery will be longer. if not, you just have to take all of your antibiotics and you should recover fairly quickly ... a week or two.  (+ info)

Epiglottitis,pneumonia 12 weeks wont go ?


i had Epiglottitis about 4 months ago but about 12 weeks ago i got flu which became pneumonia i had fever ,sweats ,chills,and i dry barking cough but now i have thick yellow/green phlegm which builds up rapidly every fifteen minutes .i have had ammoxacillin 500mg cypraflaxin 750mg another antibiotic i cant remember the name of but the tablets were bright blue?and now im on clarithromycin 500mg i have been taking it for 5 days and feel as though im getting worse not better anyone got any advice i cant keep going like this the fever and chills are back i have four children to care for the youngest is 2 ,when i lie down i feel like im drowning in phlegm ,help anyone ?
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since you are not responding to treatment you need to get back with your primary care doctor. probably follow through with a chest xray if this is a chest thing, or a sinus xray if its upper respiratory. you need blood work to formalize the signs of infection, and get a mucus culture, it may help determine if a more selective antibiotic is necessary. there may be the issue of a fungal infection but that would probably not be the case right now, just something to keep in mind if further specific antibiotics seem to not help. thats about all that can be said at the moment. if you try to overcome this on your own then you may be in for a long recovery one to two months or more. if this is an bacterial pneumonia then by all means have a competent physician treat you and follow through with your care.

im a little confused about the epiglottitis as that is usually an infant problem. rarely comes up in adults unless a specific allergic reaction to something set it off. epiglotitis is a serious and even life threatening episode. its not a disease so much as an inflammatory response. however it is also related to H.Influenza so perhaps having the flu caused the epiglotitis, if indeed it were that. my guess is it was bronchitis, or tracheitis, or even croup- something along those lines which also cause dry barking cough  (+ info)

Has anyone's baby had Epiglottitis?


In school we were told on more than a few occasions that this was the call you never wanted for three reasons:

~ there is little to nothing a PC Paramedic can do if the epiglottis shuts and can't re-open due to the swelling

~ you need to find the indicators of this BEFORE asking the child to "open wide" because depressing the tongue will shut the epiglottis

~ and (probably most importantly) you need to remain chill the entire time and not alert the mother that anything is up (stressed mom = stressed baby = trouble) while simultaneously telling her we need to go to the hospital right this second and very very fast "We always put the lights and siren on for kids" we were told to say LOL

So just out of curiosity has this happened to any of your babes? Did you have to call medics? Did they know? Did they keep it hush hush well or did you KNOW something was up?

I never got that call.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiglottitis
Not a medical center ~ I'm a paramedic. If you think about it, keeping the fact that their baby could die any second when there is nothing anybody in the room can do is a really really good idea. Especially considering upsetting the child will make the epiglottis close.
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I am confused as to why people got thumbs down on this one, but I must say that is HANDS DOWN one of the scariest concepts of sickness I have ever encountered for a baby. My GODDD. And, no, it hasn't happened to us and I dearly hope it never would.  (+ info)

what is epiglottitis?


The epiglottis is a thin, lid-like flap of cartilage tissue covered with a mucous membrane, attached to the root of the tongue, that guards the entrance of the glottis, the opening between the vocal cords. It is normally pointed upward, but when swallowing, solids or liquids stimulate sensors which folds down the epiglottis, and prevents food that should go into the esophagus and stomach from passing into the trachea (windpipe). The epiglottis is one of three large cartilaginous structures that make up the larynx (voice box).

basically it stops food from going down your throat the wrong way and choking you by getting into your lungs it sends food to the stomach  (+ info)

Can scar tissue from a tracheotomy cause respiratory problems many years later?


I had to have a tracheotomy as an infant due to epiglottitis. The only last effect has always seemed to be the slight external scar I've lived with for the last 30 years.

However, a receive bout of coughing--the doctor suspects some type of reactive asthma--made me wonder if any internal scarring impacts my respiratory system. I feel like the area of my scar (right below the larynx) is sensitive such that touching it causes coughing. (This might be normal for everyone; I don't know). And the sensation that causes the coughing fits emenates from that spot.
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You could have developed scar tissue that is next to the larynx, and causing it to feel "itchy", and then the cough, then it cycles again constantly irritating the area. I would think a CT scan would show if you deveoped alot of scar tissue, or it misplaced itself.  (+ info)

Discontinuing antibiotics if a viral infection is diagnosed?


My 4 year old has croup (viral infection that antibiotics will not help with). But when he originally saw the doctor they could not rule out epiglottitis which is bacterial so he was given a dose of IV antibiotics and when he went home he was given oral antibiotics for 5 days.

The final diagnosis came about 24 hours after the doctor administered IV antibiotics. He does not have a bacterial infection but a viral one.

So, why should we continue the full 5 days of antibiotics?? He has had 2 days so far. They make him feel worse and he is only fighting off a viral infection.

I want to discontinue but don't want to make things worse since we all ready did a full days. Any ideas?
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Even though it's now known that there are no disease causing bacteria infecting your son, he's full of other bacteria just like everyone else on the planet.

The antibiotic course your son has started will have begun to wipe out many of these bacteria; many are totally harmless but others can become harmful under certain circumstances.

The problem is that by not completing the course, you leave behind the strongest and fittest bacteria and they will pass on their resistance to later generations of bacteria. If one of the potentially harmful bacteria later causes an infection then the antibiotics which would normally kill them are not as effective or even totally ineffective. The idea of completing the course is that it leaves no bacterial survivors. This is exactly why an antibiotic course must always be completed even if the patient has apparently recovered: a recovered patient may well still harbour residual harmful bacteria unless the full course is completed.

Antibiotic resistance is a huge worldwide problem and it's growing, and there is plenty of evidence that it is due to an over-use of antibiotics which have not been correctly used. Eventually it's likely that most bacteria will become resistant and unless an effective replacement is developed we'll be right back where the world was before antibiotics existed, when minor cuts and infections regularly killed millions of people.

Current guidance is that antibiotics should only be prescribed when absolutely necessary, and that once prescribed the course must be administered exactly as instructed until finished, regardless of whether it has been prescribed "correctly" or not.

For the future bacteriophages (aka "phages") look promising, but will take time to be developed into safe effective medicines and are nowhere near as versatile as antibiotics.  (+ info)

MICROBES: Virus, bacteria, fungi, diseases AND INFECTIONS?


10)

Which of the following diseases has a cutaneous form, especially in individuals over 30 years of age?

10)

______
A)

Legionellosis
B)

Coccidioidomycosis
C)

Diphtheria
D)

Scarlet fever
E)

None of the above

11)

Which of the following causes an infection of the respiratory system that is transmitted by the gastrointestinal route?

11)

______
A)

Haemophilus influenzae
B)

Streptococcus pyogenes
C)

Streptococcus pneumoniae
D)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
E)

Mycoplasma pneumoniae

12)

Which of the following pairs is mismatched?

12)

______
A)

Whooping cough  Bordetella
B)

Q fever  Rickettsia
C)

Epiglottitis  Haemophilus
D)

Psittacosis  Chlamydia
E)

None of the above

13)

Pneumonia can be caused by all of the following except

13)

______
A)

Mycoplasma.
B)

Haemophilus.
C)

Legionella.
D)

Streptococcus.
E)

None of the above.

14)

Which of the following causes opportunistic infections in AIDS patients?

14)

______
A)

Aspergillus
B)

Mucor
C)

Pneumocystis
D)

Rhizopus
E)

All of the above

15)

Which of the following diseases is not correctly matched to its reservoir?

15)

______
A)

Tuberculosis  cattle
B)

Histoplasmosis  soil
C)

Coccidioidomycosis  air
D)

Pneumocystis  humans
E)

Psittacosis  parakeets

16)

Which of the following does not produce an exotoxin?

16)

______
A)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
B)

Corynebacterium diptheriae
C)

Streptococcus pygones
D)

Bordetella pertussis
E)

None of the above

17)

Which one of the following causes a disease characterized by the catarrhal, paroxysmal, and convalescent stages?

17)

______
A)

Corynebacterium diphtheriae
B)

Bordetella pertussis
C)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
D)

Streptococcus pyogenes
E)

None of the above

18)

Which one of the following is an irregular, gram-positive rod?

18)

______
A)

Streptococcus pyogenes
B)

Corynebacterium diptheriae
C)

Bordetella pertussis
D)

Myobacterium tuberculosis
E)

None of the above

19)

Infection by which of the following results in the formation of Ghon complexes?

19)

______
A)

Bordetella pertussis
B)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
C)

Corynebacterium diptheriae
D)

Streptococcus pyogenes
E)

None of the above

20)

Which one of the following produces the most potent exotoxin?

20)

______
A)

Bordetella pertussis
B)

Streptococcus pyogenes
C)

Corynebacterium diphtheriae
D)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
E)

None of the above

21)

The recurrence of influenza epidemics is due to

21)

______
A)

Antigenic shift.
B)

Lack of naturally acquired active immunity.
C)

Lack of antiviral drugs.
D)

The Guillain-Barré syndrome.
E)

All of the above.

22)

Which of the following is an opportunistic pathogen?

22)

______
A)

Rhinovirus
B)

Pneumocystis
C)

Histoplasma
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

Legionella

23)

Which of the following etiologic agents results in the formation of abscesses?

23)

______
A)

Mycoplasma
B)

Staphylococcus
C)

Streptococcus
D)

Blastomyces
E)

None of the above

24)

Which of the following is most susceptible to destruction by phagocytes?

24)

______
A)

Influenzavirus
B)

Chlamydophila psittaci
C)

Streptococcus pneumoniae
D)

Streptococcus pyogenes
E)

All of the above

25)

A healthy carrier state exists for

25)

______
A)

Haemophilus influenzae.
B)

Streptococcus pneumoniae.
C)

Corynebacterium diphtheriae.
D)

Beta-hemolytic streptococci.
E)

All of the above.

26)

Infection by which of the following is often confused with viral pneumonia?

26)

______
A)

Streptococcus
B)

Blastomyces
C)

Coccidioides
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

None of the above

27)

Which one of the following causes a disease characterized by a red rash?

27)

______
A)

Coccidioides
B)

Streptococcus
C)

Blastomyces
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

None of the above

28)

Inhalation of arthroconidia is responsible for infection by which of the following organisms?

28)

______
A)

Blastomyces
B)

Coccidioides
C)

Streptococcus
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

None of the above

29)

Which of the following pairs is mismatche
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I waded laboriously down that widely spaced list.
Now you wade through these...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cutaneous_conditions  (+ info)

Skin diseases and internal infections: caused by Bacterial, virus, fungi?


10)

Which of the following diseases has a cutaneous form, especially in individuals over 30 years of age?

10)

______
A)

Legionellosis
B)

Coccidioidomycosis
C)

Diphtheria
D)

Scarlet fever
E)

None of the above

11)

Which of the following causes an infection of the respiratory system that is transmitted by the gastrointestinal route?

11)

______
A)

Haemophilus influenzae
B)

Streptococcus pyogenes
C)

Streptococcus pneumoniae
D)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
E)

Mycoplasma pneumoniae

12)

Which of the following pairs is mismatched?

12)

______
A)

Whooping cough  Bordetella
B)

Q fever  Rickettsia
C)

Epiglottitis  Haemophilus
D)

Psittacosis  Chlamydia
E)

None of the above

13)

Pneumonia can be caused by all of the following except

13)

______
A)

Mycoplasma.
B)

Haemophilus.
C)

Legionella.
D)

Streptococcus.
E)

None of the above.

14)

Which of the following causes opportunistic infections in AIDS patients?

14)

______
A)

Aspergillus
B)

Mucor
C)

Pneumocystis
D)

Rhizopus
E)

All of the above

15)

Which of the following diseases is not correctly matched to its reservoir?

15)

______
A)

Tuberculosis  cattle
B)

Histoplasmosis  soil
C)

Coccidioidomycosis  air
D)

Pneumocystis  humans
E)

Psittacosis  parakeets

16)

Which of the following does not produce an exotoxin?

16)

______
A)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
B)

Corynebacterium diptheriae
C)

Streptococcus pygones
D)

Bordetella pertussis
E)

None of the above

17)

Which one of the following causes a disease characterized by the catarrhal, paroxysmal, and convalescent stages?

17)

______
A)

Corynebacterium diphtheriae
B)

Bordetella pertussis
C)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
D)

Streptococcus pyogenes
E)

None of the above

18)

Which one of the following is an irregular, gram-positive rod?

18)

______
A)

Streptococcus pyogenes
B)

Corynebacterium diptheriae
C)

Bordetella pertussis
D)

Myobacterium tuberculosis
E)

None of the above

19)

Infection by which of the following results in the formation of Ghon complexes?

19)

______
A)

Bordetella pertussis
B)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
C)

Corynebacterium diptheriae
D)

Streptococcus pyogenes
E)

None of the above

20)

Which one of the following produces the most potent exotoxin?

20)

______
A)

Bordetella pertussis
B)

Streptococcus pyogenes
C)

Corynebacterium diphtheriae
D)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis
E)

None of the above

21)

The recurrence of influenza epidemics is due to

21)

______
A)

Antigenic shift.
B)

Lack of naturally acquired active immunity.
C)

Lack of antiviral drugs.
D)

The Guillain-Barré syndrome.
E)

All of the above.

22)

Which of the following is an opportunistic pathogen?

22)

______
A)

Rhinovirus
B)

Pneumocystis
C)

Histoplasma
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

Legionella

23)

Which of the following etiologic agents results in the formation of abscesses?

23)

______
A)

Mycoplasma
B)

Staphylococcus
C)

Streptococcus
D)

Blastomyces
E)

None of the above

24)

Which of the following is most susceptible to destruction by phagocytes?

24)

______
A)

Influenzavirus
B)

Chlamydophila psittaci
C)

Streptococcus pneumoniae
D)

Streptococcus pyogenes
E)

All of the above

25)

A healthy carrier state exists for

25)

______
A)

Haemophilus influenzae.
B)

Streptococcus pneumoniae.
C)

Corynebacterium diphtheriae.
D)

Beta-hemolytic streptococci.
E)

All of the above.

26)

Infection by which of the following is often confused with viral pneumonia?

26)

______
A)

Streptococcus
B)

Blastomyces
C)

Coccidioides
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

None of the above

27)

Which one of the following causes a disease characterized by a red rash?

27)

______
A)

Coccidioides
B)

Streptococcus
C)

Blastomyces
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

None of the above

28)

Inhalation of arthroconidia is responsible for infection by which of the following organisms?

28)

______
A)

Blastomyces
B)

Coccidioides
C)

Streptococcus
D)

Mycoplasma
E)

None of the above

29)

Which of the following pairs is mismatche
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