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What Causes Uvula To Become Elongated
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
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
No such thing: There is no bone to "break" in the uvula which is made up of soft tissue (mucosa, submucosa) as well as muscle. There is no such thing as a broken uvula. There is a "bifid" uvula which is a congenital anomaly in which in appears forked. ...Read more
Uvula: Bifid uvula is lowest grade of cleft palate. Usually not any problem. More severe case could lead to nasal regurgitation and vocal symptoms ...Read more
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
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
I sometimes get a tiny bump on/ beside my uvula. Its small and clear it seems to form after I eat it and eventually goes away. What could cause this?
Salivary Gland: We have hundreds of tiny salivary glands thru out our mouths. Some times the duct from one of these gland gets blocked and the saliva backs up and forms a tiny, clear bubble. After a while the bubble pops and it goes away. When you eat you make more saliva so that's why it comes back. This is a variation of normal and not a problem. Eventually it should just go away on its own. ...Read more
What causes the lingual frenulum to become swollen? My sons looks like a uvula. Should I be concerned. He is 14 months.
Salivary duct: The lingual frenulum is surrounded by the salivary glands which may be having a problem. See an md for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
2 to 3mm small painless soft bump on uvula. Mucosa is intact and color is same as surrounding. Since two weeks. Causes?
Bartholins gland: Swelling of the bartholins gland would be possible. There is a part of the land gland located each of the vulva. Try a warm compress. If the swelling would worsen or tenderness would ensue get checked. ...Read more
After gastric sleeve surgery my uvula is elongated, irritated, and causes me to gag. How do I make it go back to normal?
Here are some...: How long ago did you undergo gastric sleeve surgery? If just few days, such change could result from temporary injury to it during intubation for anesthesia; if so, such will gradually go away with uncertain pace & ending point. More? Ask your surgeon and anesthesiologist. Of course, without detailed history and a direct look at, it is still hard to come up accurate answer to your concern. ...Read more
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?
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 didn't mention anything. It should go down over the next several days, but could take a couple of weeks. ...Read more
Could removing the entire uvula as part of snooring surgery cause increased choaking when eating?
Snoring surgery: I am a dentist and I can tell you first hand sinc I had that done, it will not cause choking when eating but it will make it easier for you to choke on things while eating. You need to be careful, take your time and decrease the size of the bolus of food that you intake. I have had many instances where food while get into the back of my throat and I have a coughing fit. Take you time u will b ok. ...Read more
I woke up choking and have a swollen & bleeding uvula. What causes this and any home treatments? Thanks.
2 possibilities: The are several possibilities. The first is that you could have uvulitis, an infection of the uvula similar to strep throat. For this you could need to be treated with an antibiotic. The second possibility is that the uvula may be getting injured from loud, vigorous snoring. If this continues to occur, then it my be necessary for you to be evaluated for sleep apnea. ...Read more
Swollen uvula: Any allergy can cause swelling of the delicate tissues on the inside of the nose and mouth. Usually, the nose is more affected than the mouth, but the uvula can swell, although a less common place for swelling to occur with manifestation of allergy. ...Read more
I have a blister on my uvula, what causes it and what can I take to get rid of it. It's very painful when I eat and drink.
May be viral: The blister might be viral. If it is a shallow yellow white ulcer with red rim then probable aphthous ulcer which is from inflammation of the mouth lining and will resolve in 7-10 days. Steroid cream applied to the area, cepacol lozenges, an Aspirin dissolved in water then gargled might help. ...Read more
18 year old, never sexually active, has been vaccinated with hpv 3 shot series, papilloma on uvula...what are possible causes other than hpv?
Possible: Some theories say exposure in birth canal could cause this. ...Read more
Why has my uvula turned white after it had been black from being bruised caused by a breathing tube? Is it healing?
ENT: Please see ENT for evaluation. It may be that your uvula is healing much as a black eye will and your immune system has eaten away the hemosiderin from the bruising and left a yellowish tinge you are seeing with a light shining on your uvula. If it is turning white you need to be seen ASAP Good luck. ...Read more
Back of throat connected to uvula is pushed forward and touching tonsils. Not sure if caused by yawning had this for about a year will it go away?
ENT exam: Probably OK but can't tell from here. See ENT doc to make sure OK> ...Read more
Dr. Can check throat: New throat symptoms like those can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is very painful, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep infection, which may cause palatal or uvular reddish dots). ...Read more
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