Is persistent coughing indicative of swollen epiglottis from an allergy?
I was having cough from several days so i visited a homeopathic doctor and he saw high risen epiglottis. He advised that it is due to allergy and has given medication accordingly and said will settle down in a week. I have tried to capture the same in a pic which is attached, Please advise
1. The high rising epiglottis has no clinical significance nor does it require any treatment.
2. In the attached image, beyond the epiglottis and soft palate/uvula, granular pharyngitis is visible. The anterior pillars of the tonsils are congested (red) and there is a coated tongue.
3. Get blood tests to rule out eosinophilia. Allergy tests including total IgE levels will help. Medication for allergy, reflux should settle your cough.
A cough syrup, lozenges and medicated gargles will also help. A local ENT Specialist should, in addition, be able to do a Videolaryngoscopy (VL'Scopy), Chest X-ray, throat swabs or sputum examination.
4. Share these investigation reports here or directly at bit.ly/Dr-Sumit-Bhatti for monitoring your progress and further advice.
Hope I have answered your query.
Dr Sumit Bhatti, ENT Specialist
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