What were the symptoms of your epiglottitis? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Ev, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I got epiglottitis after eating from someone who had it for a few weeks, but was supposed to have finished their antibiotics. At the time we didn’t know that it was epiglottitis. My symptoms were difficulty swallowing and a visibly enlarged epiglottis. I took my full course of antibiotics but after 3 weeks my epiglottis is still visible.

Comment from: Anne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I had throat infection a few times. One doctor says it is gone and one doctor says not. They won’t give me any medicines for my epiglottitis. I have had 3 rounds and I'm hurting. I'm miserable. Trying all I can, I don’t know what to do. Scared. I can hardly do anything because I have trouble breathing.

Comment from: Ginger, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

Symptoms of my epiglottitis were inability to cough, and then drooling. Only 3 hours until I was rushed by ambulance to the trauma unit. I was in ICU for 14 days and sent home healthy. They think a pretzel scratched my epiglottis.

Comment from: Clare, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I recently had sore throat and issues with swallowing (have had oral cancer too). My throat started to swell on the outside too, and I got rushed to the local hospital as breathing was hard too. Diagnosed with supraglottitis. I couldn’t even swallow my own saliva. I was put on IV antibiotics and steroids. I was out of hospital 4 days later still hoping the tenderness goes in the windpipe. Please people if this happens seek advice. I didn’t realize how dangerous epiglottitis could be! I am a horse riding instructor so voice is essential.

Comment from: franklin C, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 23

My onset of epiglottitis was extremely rapid. At 5 pm I felt 100 percent and by 6 pm there was severe throat pain, like someone had sliced it with a knife. Within a few hours it felt like there was a marble caught in my throat and swallowing became labored while I had to take long slow breaths to force air in through the reduced opening. I was in California and went to an excellent emergency room where they diagnosed me empirically and visually using a scope inserted through my nostrils. They gave me steroids which began working within an hour, followed by broad spectrum antibiotics. MY WBC count was elevated so they hypothesized the cause was bacterial infection. They kept me for 3 days on IV steroids and antibiotics at which point my symptoms had significantly improved. I kept taking my prescribed steroids and antibiotics for the full course and slowly the swelling cleared up.

Comment from: Asfields, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

In June I aspirated a flattened piece of gum. Ever since then I feel like it is stuck in the back of my airway and even moves around, scratching me at times or just being annoying because I feel it and it won’t go away. Sometimes I feel like this is on my tongue or even a little under and sometimes straight in the back of my throat. It wakes me up at night hard to get comfortable at night so I’m not sleeping well. I have seen some doctors but they say I’m fine. I wonder if this is epiglottis.

Comment from: WA state female, Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I am a 25 year old female. I had epiglottitis this year in 2016. My symptoms of epiglottitis felt like a sore throat at first. Day one of the symptoms it honestly felt like a sore throat so I paid no attention to the symptoms. Day 2 went by and I was doing everything you were supposed to do when you have a sore throat; drinking hot tea with honey, gargling with salt water, and using cough drops. This just made my throat worse. So after drinking the hot tea, I felt like it was burning and hurting even more to swallow. It felt like a marble was stuck in my throat on my left side when swallowing each time. Around 10:00 pm I drove to an Urgent Care and they told me strep throat was negative and my tonsils were okay (since I have not had them removed). So they sent me home with hydrocodone for the pain that I explained to them in my throat that felt like a volcano. Day 3 I went to work still feeling the same symptoms just getting worse and worse so I made a doctor's appointment with my primary care physician (PCP). During the doctor's appointment I felt like a baby drooling everywhere and couldn't keep it in. He ordered a CT scan. I rushed to a CT specialist and he then ran out and told me that I have epiglottitis and to rush to the emergency room (ER) right away. I rushed to the ER and they put me on IV and antibiotics and kept me for 2 nights in ICU to monitor me. This experience was very frightening and I warn everyone, not to back down even if the professionals that we all look up to sends you home, always keep pushing for more test like how I did. When I was in the hospital I felt super weak and only could eat ice cream since the cold helped the swelling of my throat and burning sensation, and apple juice since cranberry, orange and pineapple juice burnt down my throat due to the acid that was in it. If I didn't go to my PCP that day, I probably wouldn't be here to tell you my experience and symptoms of epiglottitis.

Comment from: 1, 19-24 Female (Patient) 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.


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Comment from: Most Thankful 38, 35-44 Female (Patient) 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!!!

Comment from: Deb, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I had knee surgery and all was well. Within a matter of hours I told the nurses my throat and jaw were really sore. The next time I woke up was 10 days later in ICU where I died for a few minutes as they couldn't get the tube down to help me breathe. I was intubated and if that didn't work they were going to do an emergency tracheotomy. If I get a sore throat now I start to panic.

Comment from: 35-44 Female Published: August 01

I am 43. I had epiglottitis a year ago with no prior symptoms. I woke up one morning with very swollen throat. I could hardly swallow. My husband took me to ER. I was given an X-ray and diagnosed with epiglottitis. I was put in ICU to be on the safe side in case of problems.

Comment from: Carolee66, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I had a scratchy throat. A few hours later my throat started to swell. I went to the ER and I could not lie on the CT scan table because my airway closed. I ended up intubated and unconscious for seven days. In the hospital another three days. I am having physical therapy and speech therapy. It was a horrible experience.

Comment from: Fido in Casper, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

I experienced stinging feelings in the back of my throat, which I thought it was merely something happening, perhaps, with my tonsils. Over a period of nearly three days, my throat had been swelling as was quite apparent inside and out. On the third day, I experienced a sudden blockage of my windpipe resulting in a severe inability to breathe normally. I then called 911 and received attention within minutes and an ambulance transported me to our local hospital. I received an emergency tracheotomy in that facility allowing me to then breathe. I was in our hospital for 8 days recovering, and am still weak and experience very little appetite and I have lost about 15% of my body weight. Epiglottitis is finally the diagnosis, but I've researched my situation and the illness herein described also points to respiratory diphtheria being also quite rare. However, since I had not looked into my throat as it continued to swell, I could not see if a "gray" coating existed at the back of the throat thereby indicating said diphtheria possibility; however, something suddenly had blocked my throat as stated above.

Comment from: Tammy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I was diagnosed with supraepiglottitis after getting off a cruise ship. It started with a cough then the last 3 days of the cruise I had fever, sore throat, muffled voice, and one day of vomiting. I thought I had strep. I started on antibiotics but kept getting worse. I went to and ENT specialist and he put a scope down my nose and diagnosed me with epiglottitis. I’ve never heard of it. The doctor put me on steroids and amoxicillin for almost two weeks. Recently my ear and jaw started hurting and now I’m on new antibiotics. It's been three weeks and I'm still dealing with it. I still feel an obstruction in my throat. It’s scary to think this could be fatal.

Comment from: 25-34 Female Published: November 12

I had a sore throat, extremely painful earache, with pressure, fever, body aches, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing while lying down, and drooling. I was unable to swallow and I was given pain meds and antibiotics, and eventually an emergency tracheotomy

Comment from: Maribeth, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

The only symptom I had was extreme pain swallowing. I had no fever or problems breathing, but I couldn't drink or eat anything because of the pain. I dreaded having to swallow. I went first to the urgent care where they did a strep test which came up negative. The next day I went to an ENT who put a scope up my nose to get to my throat and he immediately diagnosed epiglottitis. Steroids helped the swelling immensely. I needed no hospitalization. I had never head of this before.

Comment from: Deborah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

I have had a nagging sore throat that seems to radiate from the back right of my mouth beyond the base of my tongue. It is very lumpy back there. I also have some painful indentations on the same side of my tongue. They do not seem to be "sores," per se, but they are sore. When I explored where the pain seemed to originate I made it all the way to the very back, right side base of the tongue. I recently saw my doctor for other things and mentioned the ache across my face to my ear and on swallowing. She found no enlargement of lymph nodes though my neck feels a bit stiff again on that right side. I had dental work and asked if my face-earache could be from a tooth infection. I'm a little worried as I found a large flap back there. Because it doesn't cover the whole back area I wasn't sure if it is my epiglottis. The article was informative yet not helpful. I don't have any trouble breathing but have some difficulty swallowing, no high fever.


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Comment from: SUSU, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I'm 47 and just had a very close call with epiglottitis three weeks ago. It started with a sore throat. I woke in the middle of the night and was choking. My husband woke to find me fighting to get air. I was taken to the hospital and put in ICU. They had not seen a case of Epiglottitis but did a great job getting me through it. I'm still taking meds and have been back in the hospital for a second onset. My voice will get very weak if I talk too much or try to sing. I still feel there is swelling in my lower throat. We still do not know the cause of the Epiglottitis.

Comment from: Thelma, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I am a 74. I had a slight sore throat at bed time. I awoke and felt I was slightly choking. My husband took me to Emergency at local hospital and I walked in and was okay for while they took my vitals. I then was asked to walk for chest X-ray and I had gone about 12 paces when I said "I can't ..." I meant to tell them I couldn't breathe but collapsed and had an intubation. Three months later my voice is still not right. It was an incredibly quick onset.

Comment from: sharkboy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 05

I had a SEVERE sore throat around the tonsil area with a very sharp pin-like stabbing pain when swallowing. I also had a feeling of swallowing a small ball and having it stuck at the gag-reflex part of the throat. It feels like the little ball is stuck.

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