3 Ways to Treat Tracheitis

1. Use Tubes to Aid Breathing

Health professionals will need to monitor the patient’s breathing closely, as the swelling of the windpipe that’s symptomatic of tracheitis can severely restrict breathing, leading to serious medical complications. If you or your child begins to experience acute breathing troubles, an endotracheal tube may be inserted into the trachea to facilitate healthy airflow. The endotracheal tube opens up the windpipe, allowing oxygen to reach the lungs and heading off the development of serious exacerbation of the patient’s condition.

2. Attack the Bacteria With Antibiotics

This nasty throat infection can be cured with antibiotics. The bacteria that cause tracheitis usually respond well to antibiotic treatment, though for two reasons they normally have to be administered intravenously. First, the throat swelling that the infection causes can make it difficult for you or your child to swallow medicine in pill or capsule form. Second, intravenous antibiotics are absorbed in the bloodstream much faster than those that have to go through the digestive system. This can help bring acute symptoms under control and reduce the patient’s swelling and breathing troubles more quickly.

3. The Importance of Prompt Treatment

While tracheitis can be cured, you should seek immediate medical treatment if you suspect that you or your child may be suffering from it. The key signs and symptoms include a distinctive wheezing as a result of breathing difficulties and a bark-like cough that doesn’t sound like it’s caused by a phlegm buildup.

The prognosis for patients who are treated in time is good, and a full recovery is expected in the vast majority of cases. However, serious complications can result, including toxic shock syndrome caused by an overwhelming amount of bacteria in the body. Obstruction of the windpipe can result in breathing troubles so severe that death can result.