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See below: It is a small piece of tissue just behind the base of the tongue in the throat. It's basically a lid with a hinge. Its purpose is to covert the top of the trachea (windpipe) when you swallow so that the contents in your mouth go down your esophagus and not the trachea into your lungs. That would cause choking and risk infection like pneumonia or other damage to the lungs. ...Read more
Epiglottis ; gagging: Hello. Manipulating you base of tongue, uvula, tonsils or epiglottis will probably cause gagging. There is a rich supply of sensory receptors in this region that helps our body sense the pathway of food. If it feels altered, gagging will occur which protects our airway. ...Read more
Not epiglottis: You may have white areas in the back of your throat but it highly unlikely they are on the epiglottis. Do you have pain, swollen glands, elevated temperature? Usually, the only way an epiglottis is seen is with a laryngeal mirror or an endoscope. Have a physician culture the throat to identify any pathogen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Epiglottis is it common in young women to be able to see it? And is it something I should worry about?
Epiglottis: is a portion of your throat anatomy please re phrase the question and get back to us ...Read more
I wanted to find out why my epiglottis is suddenly visible. Should it be a cause for concern? I am an adult.
Peek A Boo!!: Yes, as long as it's in the back of his throat and not hanging from his ear. A small percentage of people have an epiglottis that peeks up from the back of the tongue. That's OK as long as it's not causing any disturbing symptoms, like a foreign body sensation or chronic inflammation and pain. ...Read more
My sister is 19. She saw 2 days ago a small tongue, looks like epiglottis on back of her tongue. not bothering, no pain. Will it go itself?
No: It stays there forever. She was born with it. The epiglottis covers the trachea (covers the hole leading to the lungs) so that she doesn't choke when swallowing. In kids, it is easier to see. It is a bit harder to see in adults, but if she is 19 years old and her epiglottis is easily seen, she'll likely be that way forever. ...Read more