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Doctor insights on: Enlarged Uvula Causes

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What causes an elongated, enlarged uvula?

What causes an elongated, enlarged uvula?

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

Uvula (Definition)

A piece of normal tissue that is seen at the back of ...Read more


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I just woke with sore throat and area behind uvula swollen and wondered what causes this? The swollen area is so enlarged it flaps when i exhale.

I just woke with sore throat and area behind uvula swollen and wondered what causes this? The swollen area is so enlarged it flaps when i exhale.

It is likely infecti: Sore throat is frequently caused by the head-cold virus which usually resolves in 4-5 days with the help of tylenol (acetaminophen) pills and lots of warm liquids. If you develop fever or enlarged lymph glands, it can also be strept throat infection(bacterial infection). This requires antibiotics use and a visit to your family doctor unless you get well with tylenol (acetaminophen) in another 1-2 days. ...Read more

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What can cause your uvula to vibrate?

Snoring in short: If your uvula is vibrating while awake. It is probably due to the airflow through your nose. Snoring is the result of the palate and uvula vibrating. ...Read more

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Hello sir i have enlarged uvula for around 2 weeks , it is irritating me now. it doesnt pain me nw. so pls advice me for the problem.

Hello sir i have enlarged uvula for around 2 weeks , it is irritating me now. it doesnt pain me nw. so pls advice me for the problem.

Anti inflammatory : It's probably a resolving infection. Try some Ibuprofen 400mg, every 6 hours and do some saline gargles. That should help. ...Read more

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Male, 31 yr old. Had an enlarged uvula (3 times long than normal) for 2 years. Its not threatening but wonder is there a way to make it back to normal?

Male, 31 yr old. Had an enlarged uvula (3 times long than normal) for 2 years. Its not threatening but wonder is there a way to make it back to normal?

Surgery: If it in such length for 2 years now, highly unlikely it will go back to normal. I don't know of any medication available for shortening your uvula. Since it is not medically bothering, i would leave it alone, but seems to cause you some cosmetic concerns. Consult with and ENT doc for help...I don't think snipping/shortening the uvula is a major surgery. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What causes swollen uvula?

What causes swollen uvula?

Reaction: Other than trauma, surgical manipulation, or a mass - the things that can cause swelling are usually related to an "reaction". It could be due to certain med (ace inhibitors), due to an allergic type response, or due from a hereditary condition (c1 esterase defiency) that allows fluid to improperly fill tissue spaces. ...Read more

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What causes a blister on the uvula?

What causes a blister on the uvula?

A non-painful ...: Clear fluid blister on the tip of the uvula is usually caused by a blocked minor salivary gland. These usually go away without intervention. Any lesion on the palate that persists should be looked at by specialist. Cancer in the minor salivary glands is rare but can be devastating if there is a significant delay in diagnosis. ...Read more

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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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What can cause a swollen uvula?

Swollen uvula: The most common cause is snoring. Infection is next if this is a new condition. ...Read more