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When I stick my tongue all the way out I can see very large bumbs in the back of my tongue and I can see my epiglottis. Is that bad?

When I stick my tongue all the way out I can see very large bumbs in the back of my tongue and I can see my epiglottis. Is that bad?

No: The bumps you see are likely slightly enlarged vallate papillae which are normal. Further back there are lymphoid nodules - which if not painful, would again be no reason for concern. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Can see deep in mouth and see white stuff behind tongue right in front of top of epiglottis. White lines under tonsils look like they connect. Normal?

Can see deep in mouth and see white stuff behind tongue right in front of top of epiglottis. White lines under tonsils look like they connect. Normal?

Not sure: White around the tonsils could be evidence of a bacterial or yeast infection. If the lines are very faint it may just be your normal throat coloration. A very bright red throat with white drainage usually means infection. ...Read more

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White lines behind and under tonsils when tongue is out far. Deep in throat near epiglottis. No fever or sore throat. Have allergies. Is this normal?

White lines behind and under tonsils when tongue is out far. Deep in throat near epiglottis. No fever or sore throat. Have allergies. Is this normal?

Most likely: Especially given your history of having allergies, it is very common to see white streaks in the back of the throat and sometimes around the tonsils. This is basically mucus that is draining down from your nose into your throat, which we refer to as postnasal drip and appears the way you describe. This is most often due to allergies.
If fever, pain do occur, have your doctor look at your throat. ...Read more

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Hello, I think I can see my epiglottis in my mouth when I open it really wide. The back of my throat feels sore and as if there is something stuck there. Should I be worried? Thank you

Hello, I think I can see my epiglottis in my mouth when I open it really wide. The back of my throat feels sore and as if there is something stuck there. Should I be worried? Thank you

Uvula not epiglottis: You may see your uvula but it is difficult to see epiglottis. You have pain with swallowing. Feels like something in your throat. I would recommend drinking lots of fluids. Get rest. It may be allergies and post nasal drip. See your doctor for pain after1 week or fevers and worsening. Hope you feel better ...Read more

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With normal anatomy does their upper palate touches the lower palate uptill epiglottis when their mouth is closed? Pls pls send the reply yes or no.

With normal anatomy does their upper palate touches the lower palate uptill epiglottis when their mouth is closed? Pls pls send the reply yes or no.

Throat anatomy: I'm afraid it's not a simple yes or no answer. There isn't a lower palate and an upper palate. There's a hard palate and a soft palate. Neither of them touches the epiglottis when the mouth is closed. The soft palate descends into the throat from the back of the hard palate, and lays behind the tongue when the mouth is closed and during breathing and swallowing. The epiglottis is much lower down. ...Read more

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I can see and feel my Epiglottis, no pain, slight difficulty swallowing but then again my mouth has been dry. Cause for concern?

I can see and feel my Epiglottis, no pain, slight difficulty swallowing but then again my mouth has been dry. Cause for concern?

Epiglottis: It is common to see the epiglottis in children. With normal growth, the larynx and epiglottis descends lower into the throat. It is much less common to see it in an adult, but it is possible you could see it. If you are getting sick with progressive sore throat, difficulty swallowing and breathing, you need to go to ED ASAP. ...Read more

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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?

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

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My epiglottis is visible and painful near the base of my tongue. I feel a constant pressure like something s stuck even after 2 hours of drinking h2o?

See an ENT: The epiglottis is positioned deep and usually not easy to view. If what you see is in fact epiglottis, and since it is painful, it is likely that your epiglottis is swollen. If so, what caused it? While swelling may be from bacterial infection, this may be related to more systemic condition such as immune system dysfunction. Ent doctors are well trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat this area. ...Read more

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It looks like I have actinic cheilitis, I have trouble swallowing and have bumps on the back of my tongue and my epiglottis is visible. What's wrong?

Dysphagia: You have dysphagia at a minimum and would need to see your health care provider about the possibility of actinic cheilitis which is a lip problem. The other signs you mention are not necessarily abnormal. Please see the following link. Http://www. Webmd. Com/digestive-disorders/tc/difficulty-swallowing-dysphagia-overview ...Read more

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Survival? IVb R base of tongue, 2-3 lymph nodes, tonsil, against epiglottis, around carotid. Male, 51, non hp Tobacco chew prior. 33rad/6-7 chemo

Survival? IVb R base of tongue, 2-3 lymph nodes, tonsil, against epiglottis, around carotid. Male, 51, non hp Tobacco chew prior. 33rad/6-7 chemo

Guarded: Stage IV Ca of base of tongue difficult to manage. These lesions are unresectable and require RT immunochemotherapy for management. RT when completed usually followed by Taxol (paclitaxel) Platinum. When completed, Erbitux- EGF-1 may help. I've used 1500-2000 mg IV methotrexate over 12 hrs with citrovorum factor rescue, frequently with good responses. If residual lesion in tongue`isotope implant used. ...Read more

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Can dental work like bonding and grinding of rigged teeth cause tmj, sleep apnea, problems with epiglottis, tongue enlargement, suffocation?

Can dental work like bonding and grinding of rigged teeth cause tmj, sleep apnea, problems with epiglottis, tongue enlargement, suffocation?

Bonding: And other dental work can sometimes create a slight malocclusion, which can lead to TMJ symptoms in predisposed individuals. All of the other symptoms you mentioned have absolutely no cause & effect relationship with dental bonding and enamaloplasty of teeth - outside of an acute allergic reaction to something used during treatment. Have those other issues worked up by internist & sleep med doc. ...Read more

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I just opened my mouth and saw a lot of white stuff under my tonsils to the left of my epiglottis?

I just opened my mouth and saw a lot of white stuff under my tonsils to the left of my epiglottis?

Gargle: With a LOT of warm salt water mixed with peroxide and spit it out.
If any pain or headache or fever, get checked for strep infection. ...Read more

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Feel like hole/epiglottis at back of mouth is too open or being held open or being held shut. Can't breathe? Gulping air sensation

Feel like hole/epiglottis at back of mouth is too open or being held open or being held shut. Can't breathe? Gulping air sensation

You may have: Reflux and not have symptoms of heartburn. Do consult with your physician so he may try you on some medications. Allergies abd sinus conditions may be an issue, too. ...Read more

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When our mouth is closed from uvula till epiglottis does our upper palate touches the lower palate or any skin of upper palate touches the lower palat?

When our mouth is closed from uvula till epiglottis does our upper palate touches the lower palate or any skin of upper palate touches the lower palat?

Varies: Since people have sometimes quite variable anatomy, an index called the Mallampati score helps quantify pharygeal space. A rating of class III or IV is predictive of difficulty being intubated as well as tendency for sleep apnea. The lower classes probably will not contribute as much to airway occlusion but the higher classes suggest vigilance for issues relating to the airway being blocked. ...Read more

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Back of nose feels blocked when I breathe and swallow. Causes anxiety. Feels like it's at the back of the roof of mouth? Adenoids? Epiglottis?

Back of nose feels blocked when I breathe and swallow. Causes anxiety. Feels like it's at the back of the roof of mouth? Adenoids? Epiglottis?

Hard to know: Congestion is often due to chronic rhinits, maybe from allergy, irritants, structural problem, infection, hormone changes, sensitivity to weather/pressure changes etc. Often, post-nasal drip occurs and this is irritating to the back of the throat, causing symptom called globus pharyngis. I think your description is consistent. Acid reflux is another common cause. This can be confirmed and treated. ...Read more

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Uncomfortable to swallow, feels like pill stuck in back of throat. Can clearly see epiglottis in back of throat sticking up. More saliva than normal.

Uncomfortable to swallow, feels like pill stuck in back of throat. Can clearly see epiglottis in back of throat sticking up. More saliva than normal.

Uvula not epiglottis: You may see your uvula but it is difficult to see epiglottis. You have pain with swallowing. Feels like something in your throat. I would recommend drinking lots of fluids. Get rest. It may be allergies and post nasal drip. See your doctor for pain after1 week or fevers and worsening. Hope you feel better ...Read more

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Is it normal to see your epiglottis? I have swollen tonsils and noticed white cartilage in the back of my throat?

Is it normal to see your epiglottis? I have swollen tonsils and noticed white cartilage in the back of my throat?

Yes: Some people can extend their tongue far enough so that the back of the tongue drops enough that the tip of the epiglottis can be seen. I've noticed this more often in kids and young women patients. Consider yourself lucky. You are in a select group, and it's totally normal. ...Read more

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I'm 18 and I can see my Epiglottis. I've never seen it before. I had my tonsils removed when I was younger. Is this normal?

I'm 18 and I can see my Epiglottis. I've never seen it before. I had my tonsils removed when I was younger. Is this normal?

Epiglottis: It is possible if you were relaxed enough that you could see your epiglottis - a normal structure at the base of the tongue see http://www. Patienthelp. Org/human-anatomy/epiglottis. Html

I wouldn't worry Good luck ...Read more

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I can see my epiglottis is that normal?

I can see my epiglottis is that normal?

Yes: Some people have a shallow throat or large epiglottis. As long as you are not having difficulty with breathing or swallowing there's nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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I noticed I can see the tip of my epiglottis for the first time. My throat feels fine. Is this normal, will it go back down? Had bronchitis month ago.

I noticed I can see the tip of my epiglottis for the first time. My throat feels fine. Is this normal, will it go back down? Had bronchitis month ago.

Mallampati score 3: Mallampati classification is used to predict the ease of intubation in anesthesiology. The mallampati classification correlates tongue size to pharyngeal size.
Soft and hard palate and base of the uvula are visible in mallampati score 3. This is your normal anatomical structure. In my practice is used for obstructive sleep apnea prediction.
Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Is it normal to see the vallate papillae in a healthy tongue? Is it normal they look like swollen red bumps? Or is it an indication of something wrong when also having a white coated tongue?

Is it normal to see the vallate papillae in a healthy tongue? Is it normal they look like swollen red bumps? Or is it an indication of something wrong when also having a white coated tongue?

Thrush: A swollen red tongue with a white coating sounds like thrush (yeast infection of the mouth and throat). This is very rare in an adult and is often a sign of another more serious health problem like HIV infection or uncontrolled diabetes. Please, please see your doctor to get checked out! ...Read more

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2.5m old has active tongue (sticks it out a lot, smacks) and is starting to have trouble first taking a bottle (BF and bottlefed) gags often. Normal?

2.5m old has active tongue (sticks it out a lot, smacks) and is starting to have trouble first taking a bottle (BF and bottlefed) gags often. Normal?

Could be normal: Is baby spitting up/arching or uncomfortable? What you are describing could be normal but I would want your baby's doctor to know about it and evaluate it. It's most likely nothing, could be reflux but I would want to make sure smacking is not seizure activity. ...Read more

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Skin sticking out under my tongue. Is this normal?

Skin sticking out under my tongue. Is this normal?

Frenum: It sounds like you are referring to the lingual frenum, which is normal and nothing to be concerned about. It is a flap of tissue that attaches the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. If you are still concerned, show it to a dentist just to be sure. ...Read more

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Why when I stick my tongue out to clean it does it turn a bluish colour? Returns to normal afterwards. Otherwise feel very well. Thanks.

Normal: The bluish hue is from a normal heavy network of veins which become more engorged as you protrude your tongue and empty when you relax it. ...Read more