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Kristin Hayes, R.N.

Swollen Uvula

By November 29, 2012

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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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Comments
April 17, 2013 at 6:24 am
(1) Jacy says:

A swollen uvula is very common and can be cured with home remedies in about a couple of days. Like with honey, drinking lots of water, or lukewarm water with little bit of salt.

April 17, 2014 at 9:34 pm
(2) uvula swollen says:

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

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