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Rare Condition Causes Bad Sore Throat
CINCINNATI -- A rare condition can cause a bad sore throat that could alter your voice.
Acute epiglottitis, Marathe says, starts as a viral infection that becomes bacterial. It used to be seen mainly in women and children until a vaccine in the 1980s nearly wiped it out. The lower throat becomes inflamed and can cut off breathing. It can get so bad that you can't swallow your spit.
George Washington may be the most famous person known to have this, according to medical historians.
"He had a muffled voice, couldn't speak, and severe sore throat, couldn't take in fluids, and probably succumbed to epiglottitis," said Dr. Umesh Marathe, an ENT specialist.
A couple things Dr. Marathe wants to note about this: first, it is not common. So he wants the public to be more alert but not alarmed. He also says right now this disease is seen more often in men in their 40s than in young women and children. Marathe says it's important to know the early warning signs so you can seek appropriate treatment because if caught early, it is very treatable.
That treatment generally involves IV antibiotics administered in an intensive care unit. The good news is if you catch the symptoms early, within 24 hours you can turn acute epiglottitis around.
Source: WKRC, Local 12
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