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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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How can I treat elongated uvula?

Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
143M people helped
How can I treat elongated uvula?

See below: These are symptoms that could be potentially serious. Yous should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thotoughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Board Certified, Bariatrics
17 years in practice
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What is the cause of an elongated uvula after surgery?

Dr. Gregg Nishi
Board Certified, Bariatrics
17 years in practice
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What is the cause of an elongated uvula after surgery?

Uvula: Your uvula was probably irritated by the endotracheal (breathing) tube during surgery which caused it to become swollen and possibly elongated. It should go away on its own. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Barton Butterbaugh
Board Certified, Family Medicine
35 years in practice
122K people helped
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I have an elongated uvula. I've been having cough and catarrh after a week in a very dusty camp site. How do I treat?

Dr. Barton Butterbaugh
Board Certified, Family Medicine
35 years in practice
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I have an elongated uvula.  I've been having cough and catarrh after a week in a very dusty camp site. How do I treat?

Nasal Allergies: OTC antihistamines; two quarts of water per day; and removing yourself from the offending environmental allergenic stimulus. Time to have your ENT specialist evaluate this problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeremy Porter
Board Certified, Pediatrics
8 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Jeremy Porter
Board Certified, Pediatrics
8 years in practice
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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?

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 and Motrin as directed. Likely resolve in 1-2 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Dr. Brian Affleck
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
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I had inflamed and painful tonsils only on the left side two weeks ago, also caused ear pain. I'm ok now but i've developed an elongated uvula, why?

Dr. Brian Affleck
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
25 years in practice
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Uvula: Most of the time, when the uvula gets big or long, it is from swelling. Swelling of the uvula can occur with any kind of insult to the tonsils or throat, like a viral or bacterial infection, which you probably recently suffered. It could also have occurred from any kind of trauma, but you didnt mention anything. It should go down over the next several days, but could take a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
42 years in practice
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Having a lot of difficulty swallowing for over a week, noticed elongated uvula, but no pain in throat/fever/etc. What could it be?

Dr. Philip Miller
Board Certified, Family Medicine
42 years in practice
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Having a lot of difficulty swallowing for over a week, noticed elongated uvula, but no pain in throat/fever/etc. What could it be?

ENT: I would suggest both an ENT evaluation of your uvula and swallowing studiesl this is not a normal condition in an otherwise healthy male patient- get checked. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Board Certified, Pediatric Pulmonology
31 years in practice
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I've had mono for 3 weeks now. As of the past 2 day I'm feeling a lot better but I just woke up with a very elongated uvula. My sore throat got a lot better as well but the uvula is now making me feel very umcomfortable and I gag easily. Should I be conce

Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Board Certified, Pediatric Pulmonology
31 years in practice
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I've had mono for 3 weeks now. As of the past 2 day I'm feeling a lot better but I just woke up with a very elongated uvula. My sore throat got a lot better as well but the uvula is now making me feel very umcomfortable and I gag easily. Should I be conce

Mgt: An infection may occur in this area, including formation of an abscess. I would recommend an evaluation and possible culture. A virtual appointment with an uploaded photo would be useful in providing guidance. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
55 years in practice
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What causes an elongated, enlarged uvula?

Dr. Bernstein Joel
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
55 years in practice
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Variety of things: The uvula may be enlarged from inflammation, infection, or it may be congenital. If the symptoms of snoring or sleep disorder are present, you may want to get a sleep study to make sure that your oxygen saturation at time of sleep is within normal limits. If you are totally asymptomatic, do nothing. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Sterling
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
40 years in practice
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What does it mean when your uvula is elongated?

Dr. Robert Sterling
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
40 years in practice
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ThLongAnTheShortOfIt: It means your uvula is elongated. The uvula is an elongated structure. But if you mean TOO long, then it might irritate your throat or cause you to gag or swallow a lot or feel like there's a goldfish in there. Sometimes it will swell from an allergy, sensitivity or irritation, but with time it will shrink back down; sometimes medication is needed; rarely, surgery. Try ice chips, then your doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Pulmonology
22 years in practice
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I snore and my uvula has become elongated, inflamed, causing discomfort swallowing.  what can I do?

Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Pulmonology
22 years in practice
1M people helped
I snore and my uvula has become elongated, inflamed, causing discomfort swallowing.  what can I do?

Sleep Study: Swelling of the uvula is commonly associated with mouth breathing and sleep apnea. You should be evaluated for sleep apnea especially if you have other risks such as obesity, daytime sleepiness, a family history of sleep apnea and a large neck (greater than 17 inches in men and 16 inches in women). ...Read more

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