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When I reach to the back of my throat (past what I think is my epiglottis and behind it), I feel large bumps. When I touch them, I cough. Is this norm?

When I reach to the back of my throat (past what I think is my epiglottis and behind it), I feel large bumps. When I touch them, I cough. Is this norm?

Gag reflex & tonsils: Why are you reaching into the back of your throat? There is no need to do that and it could be harmful. The lumps you feel may be your tonsils, which are part of your immune system. You cough because you have a "gag reflex" which is an automatic way your body protects that very sensitive part of the body. You gag to prevent things getting into your throat that shouldn't: like your fingers. ...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?

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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Am struggling to swollow, my throat is extremely sore and I can barely see my throat as my epiglottis is swollen, and there is a hard bump in it?

Am struggling to swollow, my throat is extremely sore and I can barely see my throat as my epiglottis is swollen, and there is a hard bump in it?

See a doctor: Your description is a confusing as most people cannot see their own epiglottis when they open their mouth. You might be referring to your uvula (punching bag like structure hanging from soft palate). If so, you may have an infection and you should see your doctor for an evaluation. If you are also short of breath or have wheezing from your throat, you need to go to the er asap. ...Read more

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What could cause swollen lymph nodes and occasional red blood in sputum. I see some white bumps in my throat and at the tip of my epiglottis?

Possibly infection: It sounds like strep throat but it could be another infection — like a virus. Please see a doctor so he/she can consider a throat swab and possibly antibiotics. ...Read more

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Does croup affect the epiglottis?

Does croup affect the epiglottis?

No: Croup is viral infection that affects the larynx, trachea, and rarely bronchi, referred to as laryngotracheobronchitis. Most croup involves poximal trachea. Epiglottis infection is called epiglottitis and usually caused by bacterium. ...Read more

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Is a visible epiglottis normal in a 16-year-old male.

Is a visible epiglottis normal in a 16-year-old male.

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

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Is it possable to have an epiglottis transplant?

Is it possable to have an epiglottis transplant?

Not yet: The epiglottis does connect to the trachea and esophagus. There have been a small # of trachea transplants with tracheas built out of artificial structures filled in with stem cells from the same patient — this means they don't have to be concerned about rejection. ...Read more

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What is the epiglottis?

What is the epiglottis?

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

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Can the epiglottis cause you to gag?

Can the epiglottis cause you to gag?

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

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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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How to remove food stuck in the epiglottis?

How to remove food stuck in the epiglottis?

Self cleaning: If you have a feeling of food stuck in the epiglottis, it is likely something other than food. Epiglottis would clean itself by inducing cough and swallowing. If the feeling persists, please see your doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have white areas on my epiglottis?

Is it normal to have white areas on my epiglottis?

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 more

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I wanted to find out why my epiglottis is suddenly visible. Should it be a cause for concern? I am an adult.

I wanted to find out why my epiglottis is suddenly visible. Should it be a cause for concern? I am an adult.

Interesting: I wonder why you have never seen your epiglottis before. If you open your mouth and depressed the tongue it is easy to see. I'm sure it has been there your whole life and if you have no problems with swallowing, stay cool & relax. ...Read more

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Is epiglottitis rare in 14yr? Can they get it if they have bronchitis? If you have epiglottitis is your epiglottis then visible?

Is epiglottitis rare in 14yr? Can they get it if they have bronchitis? If you have epiglottitis is your epiglottis then visible?

Life threatening: Epiglottis has become extremely rare since the introduction of vaccine for it. It usually affects the epiglottis per se. We don't recommend too much manipulation of the pharyngeal area because it makes matters worse. ...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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Can the epiglottis be a hard palate or a soft palate?

Can the epiglottis be a hard palate or a soft palate?

Neither: The epiglottis is in your throat and closes off the trachea when you eat and drink. ...Read more

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Food getting stuck on epiglottis while swallowing with difficulty. What could be wrong?

Food getting stuck on epiglottis while swallowing with difficulty. What could be wrong?

Pharyngeal dysphagia: Swallowing is complicated with coordination of multiple muscles. Any one of these can cause problems. This needs to be evaluated by a doc (gi or ent) or you need a swallowing study. ...Read more

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Can rabies cause an enlargedh epiglottis or a feeling like you swallowed an object without any pain?

Can rabies cause an enlargedh epiglottis or a feeling like you swallowed an object without any pain?

Swallowing pain: Rabies can cause swallowing trouble, but it's usually a bacterium that causes the epiglottis to swell. We call that bacteria Haemophilus influenzae or HIB for short. Sometimes other viruses can do it too... best to get it checked by a doctor. Rabies is very rare, and you would have to have an 'animal' exposure of some kind for that... plus there wouldn't be obvious swelling thank goodness. ...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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What do you suggest if my husband had an esophagectomy. A very long surgery. He was intubated for two days. Now his epiglottis won't?

What do you suggest if my husband had an esophagectomy. A very long surgery. He was intubated for two days. Now his epiglottis won't?

Patience: The vocal cords and epiglottis have been irritated by the tube used while he was intubated. This should clear up after 2-10 days. Seldom is there any permanent damage. If problems persist, a visualization of the cords is a relatively easy procedure. ...Read more

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Hey I just tried using a tounge brush to clean the back of my tounge, then I noticed my epiglottis for the first time. Should I be concerned?

Hey I just tried using a tounge brush to clean the back of my tounge, then I noticed my epiglottis for the first time. Should I be concerned?

Normal : In some people it is possible to see the epiglottis when opening the mouth very wide. If there is no pain and you are swallowing normally, then there is no cause for concern. ...Read more

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I inhaled a french fry on thursday. I believe it is stuck in my epiglottis. How do I remove it, or is it to the docs office to have it removed?

I inhaled a french fry on thursday.  I believe it is stuck in my epiglottis.  How do I remove it, or is it to the docs office to have it removed?

Maybe a scratch: If it's not interfering with breathing, swallowing or causing a cough, it's not an emergency and you can probably wait a bit. Try swallowing some soft foods like bread or mashed potatoes, which may help it pass. If nothing changes, the fry may have scratched your posterior palate or may actually be stuck. If any of the above symptoms are happening it may be worth having your throat examined. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for epiglottis cancer?

What is the best treatment for epiglottis cancer?

Depends on its stage: Treatments are based on the stage of cancer. For stage 1 or 2 it is often radiotherapy. Surgery to rmeove the tumor may also be an option. Chemotherapy is often used if the voice can be saved but it takes combined use of chemo and radiotherapy(chemoradiation) which is the most commonly used approach for bigger tumors(stage 3 and 4). ...Read more

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Will a barium swallow test show if something is wrong with my epiglottis?

Will a barium swallow test show if something is wrong with my epiglottis?

It depends: A routine barium swallow will show gross functional abnormalities of the epiglottis, for example aspiration of the liquid barium. It could possily show a mass if the mass was large enough. A specialized barium swallow, a swallowing study performed with barium infused foods of varying consistency(eg pudding), can better evaluate the function of the epiglottis. Laryngoscopy or CT/MRI may have role ...Read more

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I threw up last night and my epiglottis popped up now I can't even swallow anything it hurts.

I threw up last night and my epiglottis popped up now I can't even swallow anything it hurts.

Epiglottis swelling: Your throat may be irritated from throwing up. If you are able to breath it should be fine. You may want to try some Benadryl and or some anti acids. Try some Motrin or Tylenol (acetaminophen) as well. A slurpee with the ice may reduce the swelling. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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Can your epiglottis be swollen for 4 weeks and the only symptom be not be able to eat solid food?

Can your epiglottis be swollen for 4 weeks and the only symptom be not be able to eat solid food?

Epiglottitis: Epiglottitis is a condition where the flap that comers the trachea swells. This can be a life threatening condition due to the possibility of air movement being cut off.
There are different causes of epiglottitis including infections, burns, and trauma. You need to be evaluated by an ENT doctor right away. ...Read more