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A 48-year-old female asked:

my daughter had surgery on tuesday and now has an elongated uvula causing her distress. what can be done to help her and when will it return to normal?

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Dr. Jeremy Porter
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Try cold water: Assuming the surgery did not directly involve the oropharynx or uvula: it is not uncommon to have an elongated or very swollen uvula, depending on whether it is inflamed, or viral infected, or irritated from intubation, for example. Do not be alarmed if there is not trouble breathing. Have her drink cold water several times, take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Motrin as directed. Likely resolve in 1-2 days.

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Last updated May 8, 2016

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