Open up and say Ahh!
Before we tackle that swollen uvula, let’s tackle an even more important question – what is a “UVULA” anyway?
The uvula has many names, ranging from the “hangy thing,” “that thing in the back of your throat,” and my favorite “hangy bally.” Why Do I Have a Swollen Uvula According to Wikipedia, “the uvula plays a key role in the articulation of the sound of the human voice to form the sounds of speech… the uvula functions in tandem with the back of the throat, the palate and air coming up from the lungs to create a number of guttural and other sounds.”
Well thanks for the history lesson bud, but um.. hello.. did you forget about my swollen uvula??!
Sorry, sorry, I tend to go off on tangents… thanks for pointing out the digression! (did I just yell at and then thank myself?) Anyway… let’s get back to the $64,000 question…
Why Do I Have It?
The reasons vary from tonsillitis, viral or bacterial infections in the throat or allergies; however, the most common is having a dry throat. This condition is sometimes referred to as “uvulitis.” I take it odds are you found yourself here because you drank (alcohol) last night, maybe even smoked a cigarette or two (or more)… you got home and plopped into bed, slept on your back, snored the night away motionless but still managed to get a horrible night’s sleep… the only thing it got you was a swollen uvula (maybe a headache and a few people to apologize to). Note: If you didn’t drink last night, I apologize for sounding like my mother just before, somebody’s got to do it!
Besides drinking, other reasons that cause your uvula swelling include deep sleeping on your back and possibly snoring, exposure to extremely dry conditions, eating very salty foods, drug use, allergic reaction and strep throat. If you believe it is an allergic reaction or strep throat, a website will likely not help you, consult medical attention!
What Do I Do Now?
So you open up and say “ahh” only for it to reveal that hangy bally fatter than ever, maybe its even sitting on your tongue… “EWW… why me?? What did I do to deserve this?” If you drank last night – you know what you did! If not, sorry again, let’s dive into handling this swollen puppy.
The first step is to realize that it is likely nothing major to worry about. You can try taking some ibuprofen, cough syrup, cough drops or some chloraseptic spray. Additionally eat some ice cream and drink plenty of cold fluids (including orange juice which, if you drank last night, should help the hangover as well!) From my personal experience the swelling starts to go down within 8-12 hours (if not, I recommend that you consult a doctor). Ice cream and fluids will lubricate the swollen uvula and help sooth the pain.
Disclaimer, You Must Read it Just as a general disclaimer, the information on this site is not to be taken as medical advice and before following any remedies to help treat the
swollen uvula, consult a doctor or physician, preferably one who specializes in the throat. If you feel that there is no valid reason to have this condition (i.e., you did not drink or smoke in the past 48 hours, you did not sleep on your back, you did not eat a lot of salty foods, you were not in extremely dry surroundings) consult a doctor or physician immediately. If you feel that your condition is worsening, consult a doctor or physician immediately. If the condition does not get considerably better within 8-12 hours consult a doctor or physician immediately. If you have any questions or need more information, consult a doctor of physician immediately.