If you've had a swollen uvula you're not one of many. This rare condition can be caused by common illnesses, however, such as strep throat, mono, or any other infection that causes swelling of the tonsils or back of the throat (pharyngitis). Drinking cold fluids may help to reduce the swelling but if your uvula becomes too swollen it can cause serious symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, breathing, and speaking. If this occurs you need to see a doctor immediately. A rare condition that usually occurs in children, called epiglottitis, can also cause a swollen uvula and is a medical emergency.
Other less common causes of a swollen uvula include an allergic reaction, trauma, and rare genetic conditions. Some sources even claim that dehydration can cause a swollen uvula. For more information read: What Causes a Swollen Uvula?
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