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Why Is My Uvula Elongated
ThLongAnTheShortOfIt: It means your uvula is elongated. The uvula is an elongated structure. But if you mean TOO long, then it might irritate your throat or cause you to gag or swallow a lot or feel like there's a goldfish in there. Sometimes it will swell from an allergy, sensitivity or irritation, but with time it will shrink back down; sometimes medication is needed; rarely, surgery. Try ice chips, then your doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Uvula: Your uvula was probably irritated by the endotracheal (breathing) tube during surgery which caused it to become swollen and possibly elongated. It should go away on its own. ...Read more
I had an appendectomy 15 days ago. Ever since my uvula has been elongated. I constantly feel as if I'm choking. How long will this take to resolve?
Throat pain: Anesthesia administered will affect your breathing. That is why you are "incubated" and attached to a ventilator throughput the surgery. The tube lies against your throat and rub the delicate mucosa. Some people have sore throat pain for weeks. Contact the surgeon or your primary care physician. Discuss your current throat problem & have an evaluation. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have an elongated uvula. I've been having cough and catarrh after a week in a very dusty camp site. How do I treat?
Nasal Allergies: OTC antihistamines; two quarts of water per day; and removing yourself from the offending environmental allergenic stimulus. Time to have your ENT specialist evaluate this problem. ...Read more
I snore and my uvula has become elongated, inflamed, causing discomfort swallowing. what can I do?
Sleep Study: Swelling of the uvula is commonly associated with mouth breathing and sleep apnea. You should be evaluated for sleep apnea especially if you have other risks such as obesity, daytime sleepiness, a family history of sleep apnea and a large neck (greater than 17 inches in men and 16 inches in women). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
My daughter had surgery on Tuesday and now has an elongated uvula causing her distress. What can be done to help her and when will it return to normal?
Try cold water: Assuming the surgery did not directly involve the oropharynx or uvula: it is not uncommon to have an elongated or very swollen uvula, depending on whether it is inflamed, or viral infected, or irritated from intubation, for example. Do not be alarmed if there is not trouble breathing. Have her drink cold water several times, take Benadryl and Motrin as directed. Likely resolve in 1-2 days. ...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 didnt mention anything. It should go down over the next several days, but could take a couple of weeks. ...Read more
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