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What is the little hanging thing in the back of my throat, and how to I bring the swelling down?

What is the little hanging thing in the back of my throat, and how to I bring the swelling down?

Uvula: You are probably referring to the "punching bag" shaped tissue hanging down at the back of your mouth. This is called the uvula. It is important for proper speech and swallowing. If it is swollen, some people try gargling with salt water, but if the swelling persists, you should consider a check by your md. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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What are the white patches growing in the back of my throat? I only have pain and swelling in the back, virus?

What are the white patches growing in the back of my throat? I only have pain and swelling in the back, virus?

Infection: Viruses, yeast, and Bacteria can cause white patches. Have a physician examine you to help differentiate between the three. ...Read more

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I got bumps in the back of my throat they don't hurt but they are kind of itchy and I can feel swelling. What could it be?

I got bumps in the back of my throat they don't hurt but they are kind of itchy and I can feel swelling. What could it be?

Glands: I'm guessing your referring to on your tonsils or back of tongue. The mouth and its cells are very vascular and secretory cell clusters. Immunity and fighting infection happen here as well as antibody production as well. This is one of the first lines of infection as a foreign entity enters our system. Itchy probably means irritated and that they "saw" something that stimulated them. ...Read more

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Should I worry about damage from coughing? Like, harm to vocal cords or feeling of swelling in back of throat after single coughing fits. Breathing ok

Should I worry about damage from coughing? Like, harm to vocal cords or feeling of swelling in back of throat after single coughing fits. Breathing ok

Coughing: Hello, coughing is a normal response to various stimulation. It provides a means to expel mucus from the lungs that can be excessive, carrying irritants or bacteria and also protects the lungs from mucus/irritants from the throat. Since the cough is a normal occurrence, injury to your vocal cords or back of the throat shouldn't be a worry. ...Read more

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I Take prescribed singular for a lump/swelling feeling in my throat. Why If I don't take it that it comes back can it seriously just be allergies?

I Take prescribed singular for a lump/swelling feeling in my throat. Why If I don't take it that it comes back can it seriously just be allergies?

Formal allergy: Testing (skin testing) and evaluation by a board certified allergist: some patients require multiple medications to control their symptoms. ...Read more

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I have been waking up to dryness and what feels like some swelling in the back of my throat and there is either a white or yellow spot what is it?

I have been waking up to dryness and what feels like some swelling in the back of my throat and there is either a white or yellow spot what is it?

Tonsillar cheese: Waking up with dry mouth or throat is very common and is mainly due to mouth breathing at least part of night instead of daytime nasal breathing. Brush every am and pm, use a mouthwash to swish and gargle (dilute w water), and drink 6-8 glasses non-alcohol beverage daily. The white or yellow spot is likely food and bacteria debris that builds up in tongue or tonsillar crypts. Brush tongue daily. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause swelling under the eyes? I feel like there is something stuck at the back of the throat.

Can acid reflux cause swelling under the eyes? I feel like there is something stuck at the back of the throat.

Gerd: Hello to someone from my home in Sac Town. Me from the Pocket area. Understand the Delta Breeze reference completely. How are the River Cats doing? Anyway, enough chit-chat. Reflux alone unlikely to cause swelling under eyes, but could cause sensation of fullness or of something being stuck in back of throat. ...Read more

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Angioedema the past 3 weeks. He went to er 3x because of swelling.dr did a throat culture mon, came back+for strep.no other sx.his dr doesn't know?

Angioedema the past 3 weeks. He went to er 3x because of swelling.dr did a throat culture mon, came back+for strep.no other sx.his dr doesn't know?

Angioedema: Greetings, Angioedema needs further work up. First, are there any new medications? New foods? Any changes? A Possible allergy sensitivity could exist. A thorough blood evaluation is also needed. An Allergist, Immunologist or an ENT specialist could all perform this work up. An epipen (epinephrine) is a good idea since it is a recurring issue. Also, he may benefit form taking a daily antihistamine like Allegra. ...Read more

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My blood test for thyroid came back negative but I have visible throat swelling. What could it be?

My blood test for thyroid came back negative but I have visible throat swelling. What could it be?

Get an ultrasound: The blood test does not rule out the presence of thyroid nodules/goiter/inflammation. It just tell you that currently, the throat swelling is not disrupting the ability of the thyroid to produce hormone. The best way to look at the physical aspect of the neck is through thyroid/neck ultrasound. I agree with the need to measure thyroid antibodies to see if you have autoimmune thyroid disease. ...Read more

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I've been having this weird feeling in my throat. I feel like my tongue is swelling up in the back and I'm have a hard time breathing. What is that?

Hard to say...: Hard to say but a swelling of the tongue and difficulty breathing can become life threatening very, very quickly. It could be an allergic reaction, could be something else. If you have difficulty breathing you should seek care in the closest er asap. ...Read more

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Woke up with top and dangling thing in mouth swollen. Top looks whitish (not dots -just color). Harder to swallow/clear throat. Swelling has lessend.???

Woke up with top and dangling thing in mouth swollen. Top looks whitish (not dots -just color). Harder to swallow/clear throat. Swelling has lessend.???

Mouth: Could be your uvula which can he infected or traumatized from hot liquids. Start with a salt water gargle and a spray like chloraseptic but you should have it checked out and possibly cultured. May need antibiotics ...Read more

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I've Been having alot of body pain and swelling near my ribs, lower and upper back and lower abdominal. When I eat or drink my throat swells up. why?

I've Been having alot of body pain and swelling near my ribs, lower and upper back and lower abdominal.  When I eat or drink my throat swells up. why?

Symptoms: Multiple painful areas associated with swelling. I would be concerned about some type of autoimmune problem. Lupus would be topped on the list. You should be seen. ...Read more

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What are possible causes for a one sided large, soft, non tender swelling palpable under the jaw or in the back of the throat? No fever, rash, lesion

What are possible causes for a one sided large, soft, non tender swelling palpable under the jaw or in the back of the throat? No fever, rash, lesion

Not tumor: In addition to dr. Zapanta's explanations, would comment that tumors are hard, not soft (lymphoma typically ruber-hard, carcinoma just hard). Inflammation secondary to infection may be the most common cause if its tender... ...Read more

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I've had swelling, on right side neck(w a mild sore throat) 3 days ago it has came back with a swollen soft lump above collarbone.ongoing pulsing inears

I've had swelling, on right side neck(w a mild sore throat) 3 days ago it has came back with a swollen soft lump above collarbone.ongoing pulsing inears

Clavicular swell: May be lymph node but the clavicle is not the usual place. Pulsing in ear, if it is true heartbeat and not just buzzing could be a sign of vascular -carotid aneurysm/dissection rarely.If buzz is just due to infection. May be swollen salivary gland (or stopped up) or may be just bad sore throat or peritonsillat abscess, clavicualr LN are from lung get CXR) Go to ER or urgent care today ...Read more

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I have noticed that I had white spots in the back of the ovula. But I feel no fever and some very mild sore throat. Help please? Not swelling too.

I have noticed that I had white spots in the back of the ovula.  But I feel no fever and some very mild sore throat. Help please? Not swelling too.

Uvula white spots: If you use steroid inhalers, it may be a sign of a yeast infection. The most common cause is a viral infection. Otherwise, consult your doctor for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Stinging Sore throat for 2 1/2 days now and back of mouth area is red and it hurts to swallow No swelling only mild symptoms of common cold?

Stinging Sore throat for 2 1/2 days now and back of mouth area is red and it hurts to swallow No swelling only mild symptoms of common cold?

Viral pharyngitis: If you have cold symptoms it is unlikely that you have strep throat. Is throat is quite sore and back of throat is significantly red go get a throat swab and culture. ...Read more

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5 years old is having red itchy rashes on neck, itching on back, ears and face, swelling on face. Fever 100. Skin is rough. Is it strep throat/measles?

5 years old is having red itchy rashes on neck, itching on back, ears and face, swelling on face. Fever 100. Skin is rough. Is it strep throat/measles?

Needs to be seen: Cannot be diagnosed on this platform with this limited information, which indicate need for medical attention, kindly take your child to the pediatrician, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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What is the medical term for when a possible tiny piece of food is lodged or trapping your airways way in the back of throat? Major facial & lip swelling, all over top half of body redness with tingling, lips a hint of blue, the feeling of ear plugs in ea

What is the medical term for when a possible tiny piece of food is lodged or trapping your airways way in the back of throat? Major facial & lip swelling, all over top half of body redness with tingling, lips a hint of blue, the feeling of ear plugs in ea

Hello. : Hello. A foriegn body (including food) which is trapped in the airway and makes breathing difficult is a partial airway obstruction. A foriegn body that completely prevents breathing is a complete airway obstruction. I don't know what you are describing. But if you have swelling of your lips and face with difficulty breathing this could be a major allergice reaction. If that is the case — call 911 immediately. ...Read more

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Ear pain and had cipro (ciprofloxacin) for treatment still occurring back of head hurting and my throat has by touch large round egg size swelling throat pain?

Ear pain and had cipro (ciprofloxacin) for treatment still occurring back of head hurting and my throat has by touch large round egg size swelling throat pain?

Go back: See the doctor who examined you and prescribed the ciprofloxacin. The infection may be more extensive than they thought, the organism may not be sensitive and other issues may be present. ...Read more

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I have upper arm swelling between my shoulder and elbow. I have had several blood tests, 3 mris (brain, throat, cervical spine) and ultrasound of my arm for blood clot, chest X-ray and everything is normal. Any thoughts?

I have upper arm swelling between my shoulder and elbow. I have had several blood tests, 3 mris (brain, throat, cervical spine) and ultrasound of my arm for blood clot, chest X-ray and everything is normal. Any thoughts?

Muscular: It sounds like a muscle issue. I'm not sure why a brain or throat MRI would be done for upper arm problem. If it is painful or affecting your function, I would have it checked out again. ...Read more

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What should I do if my throat is swelling up?

What should I do if my throat is swelling up?

See your doctor!: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more