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I was playing with my daughter and she was sticking her tounge out, and i noticed something pop up from down her throat which i can only describe as a thick flap of skin (tissue) that is curved...i've been doing some reserch on the internet and the only thing i can come up with that it may be is the epiglottis?? Could it be this? and if so, should i be able to see this? I've been to my doctor and he has booked me another appointment and asked me to try and get a picture of it but my daughter is not interested and wont stick her tounge out anymore. I am worried and it did shock me when i saw it. Any insight or advice would be greatly appriciated.

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replied May 14th, 2009
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It sounds like the epiglottis to me, also- a normal part of the throat and nothing to be concerned about. Why don't you use a flashlight and mirror to view your own throat? If what you see is similar to what you noticed in your daughter's mouth, you will know that she is all right.
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replied February 6th, 2012
Hi I can see my epiglottis and noticed the other day that I can see my you gets daughters too, she isnt even 2 yet .... It's never caused me any trouble and after research on here people say they suffer with throat infections ect but I have never had a throat infection and I'm 30 so I totally don't believe this. I did visit my doctors when I first discovered this and they just said I have a very clear open throat, they even joked saying it should be used for medical pictures. So I wouldn't worry at all, hope this helps x
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replied May 15th, 2009
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I can see my own epiglottis too. They look really strange. I have never seen my daughter's epiglottis, but I have seen my son's. The tissue IS curved and it is flaplike. Some people can see their own and show their own, others cannot. I was told by my doctor that it is like some people being able to to curl their tongues, while others cannot. This does not mean it is genetic, its just a "talent". If that makes any sense. But hopefully your doctor can ease your mind. Best of luck.
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replied May 19th, 2009
epiglottis visible
I just took my son to the Dr to have his throat looked at. I too saw the "thick flap of skin (tissue) that is curved" There it was just popping out at me from the back of his throat. She assured me that this was a normal variation. His left tonsil is slightly swollen too. She felt at this time there is no need for meds. Perhaps gargle with some salt water to clear up any infection. Hope this helps!
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replied September 27th, 2009
Hi everyone and thankyou so much for your replys i know its been ages but i have only just got back online The E.N.T specialist said this was fine and as she get older and starts to talk it should drop down into the throat i had a look to the back of my 4 yr old sons throat and i could just see the top of his so made me feel so much better... again thankyou for your replys Smile
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replied February 18th, 2011
I stuck out my tounge and happened to see my epiglottis too...i literally freaked out.I thought it was an extra growth.After having a sleepless night..i went to the doctor the next day.When he saw it..he just laughed.He told me it was a part of my body in there was nothing to worry about. Smile
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replied November 3rd, 2011
Visible Epiglottis
My daughter is 16 and her epiglottis is extremely visible. She calls it her snake that pops out of the back of her throat. Whenever she opens it pops up. She had her tonsils removed 4 weeks ago and we questioned the surgeon about it again. He said only about 3% of people my daughters age and older can actually see their epiglottis. He said her will always be visible and there is nothing to be concerned about.
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replied May 3rd, 2012
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i have felt my epiglottis as well but only because i felt something at the back of my throat for the past 2 days. i tried swallowing constantly because of the irritation. i don't smoke or drink. It doesn't hurt and i don't think anything is swollen either. going to the E N T tomorrow to check it out, hope its nothing serious.. wanna know if something is seriously wrong with me though Sad 'cause i'm scared
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replied May 4th, 2012
I never was able to see my epiglottis and now it's visible should I be worried or what??? Scary thing
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replied June 4th, 2012
epiglottis
I have been freaking out because I see my epiglottis and I have anxiety so that only made it worse and I'm freaking out thinking I have epiglottitis...Sad would I know if I had that?
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replied August 1st, 2012
Im 16 and back then I couldnt see my epiglottis but now I can is this bad? Im really scared
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replied December 4th, 2012
I recently had this same thing happen to me. It has freaked me out. Been to the doc in the box and ER the an ENT, all say it is fine and normal. I still am freaked out cuz i feel it through out the day and it freaks me out. So, Iam going to have a cat scan done to help ease my nerves and anxiety. Did your drop back down?
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replied December 4th, 2012
Epoglottis sticking up!!
Will my epoglottis Drop back down?
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replied November 11th, 2014
visible epiglottis, aka sword swallower
I know these posts are very old now, but I also noticed this "thing" pop up while inspecting my daughter's throat the other day. She's had a congested cough for a lil too long so we went to the doc and I asked him about it, because it was alarming to see something peeking back @ me from her throat. He laughed and said she could grow up to be a sword swallower...he said that's how some people are able to stick the blade down their "throat" (larynx, actually). I thought this was interesting, even more so when I realized how many other people were freaked out about it as well.
So, if everyone with a visible epiglottis were to begin swallowing swords, it wouldn't be such a rare trick anymore, lol! P.S. I am NOT recommending that anyone try swallowing a sword!!!!!!!
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