Even though much time has passed since the initial posting, I wanted to make a couple of points. I am an RN and woke up this morning with an enlarged uvula. This is only the second time that this has happened to me; the last time was in 1982! I don't have a history of sinus infections or seasonal allergies, but (coincidentally) I had eaten seafood (not shellfish) the night before each of these incidences. I know, a big coincidence since I am not allergic to seafood, but it was enough for me to go to the hospital. As a nurse, one has to worry FIRST about airway! I don't really care what the cause. All I know is that I felt like every time I attempted to swallow, I was sort of pulling this long thing down my throat and I started to feel a little anxiety. Here are a couple of points that you all should consider:
-Don't ignore the problem. It could be self limiting, but it is often the symptom of something else (allergy, infection, etc.)
-Anything that swells in/around your throat has the potential to obstruct your airway.
-I'm not sure if post-nasal drip triggered my swelling or was in response to it, but they do seem to come hand in hand.
-Some of you refer to a "dry" throat, but it is interesting to note that the uvula is usually MOIST when it is swollen. That's not typical of a normal sized uvula. If it is moist, then it is likely due to some irritating mucous that is exacerbating the condition.
-You should not take antibiotics since a common cause for this is a VIRAL infection (antibiotics do not help viral illnesses and can actually make it worst).
-See a doctor !!! One of the people responding mentioned her epiglottis. An inflammation of the epiglottis can be serious (narrows airway) and a swollen uvula can accompany it. You might think your problem is the uvula, but in fact it could be the epiglottis, which lies deep in your throat passage.
-Benadryl usually helps reduce the swelling. This is the best that you can do: treat the symptom (since most of us don't know the cause) and it gives you some relief until you can get to the doctor's office. The doctor can prescribe other things, such as a stronger histamine blocker, steroids, anti-inflammatory, etc. BTW - Benadryl can make you VERY drowsy.
-As for the SALT/PEPPER mix, be careful. As one writer mentioned, your sinuses are cavities that are well connected to your throat areas. If you get a "whiff" of that pepper and start gagging or sneezing, I would worry about anything that could cause you to vomit because of the already compromised airway. Last thing you need is to aspirate your own vomit, saliva, mucous (it goes into your lungs and can kill you). I would stick with the saltwater gargle ONLY if you think you won't choke on it.
-As an added precaution, don't eat or drink anything before going to your doctor. Some conditions (e.g. botulism) tend to paralyze muscles and can affect your gag reflex, leading to choking.
-One final thing: if you wake up and find you've been snoring (I never do, but was last night) as the result of trying to push this lumpy growth out of your throat, try not to panic. My first experience with this was terrifying since the uvula was about the width of my thumb. I was on my honeymoon in the mountains and the only way that I could breath comfortably was by leaning completing over. This caused the growth to plop out of the way.
Tried All the Combination Previously Posted... It Worked
Hey guys, I am really glad to get to know this blog, recently there were few suggestions made here on how to get rid of the lump llike feeling behind your throatd...I had the lump like feeling for over a two years now, and tried all kind of medications perscribed by doctors maily anti Allergenic, but they didn't work.
Eventually I tried the following, and believe or not, I woke up the next day, the lump was gone, so I wanted to write them here to benefit the others..
1- Gurgle a warm water mixed with Mint, Salt, and Pepper.
2- Plant Enzyme Pills, three times daily with the meal
3- Steam your face with hot water with mints in it, while your head is covered to enhale a warm mint steam.
4- Stop drinking coffee
The above seems to help to get rid of the lump, it worked for me, and if it works for anyone else, please let me know how it goes..
im 15 years old. i have mono. yesterday i didnt have the lump on my tounge and i did try the gargal salt water thing and it did make me puke twice. i thought that with all of the mucis that had came up that it was a good thing but then i read that it could get into your lungs and kill u thats kind of scary. ya with mono you are usally always tired like i am right now but i just couldnt sleep b/c my throat was swollen then i went into the bathroom and found the enlarged uvula and my first thought was crap it might stop the thing that seperats the eating valve and the breathing valve. then i went online to research it and then went back to bed after finding many intresting facts but none that helped me. none before when ever i swolled it was as if i was being choked and now i have this thing that sits on my tounge and every time i take a drink of water or sprite or oj it fells like im swollowing my uvula and it fells really bad.and i have to breath through my mouth all day no matter how many times i blow my noise. i went through 2 1/2 boxes yesterday.
I am a 60 yr old physician with the same problem of an enlarged uvula. The first time I noticed it was a few weeks ago when I awoke from a sound sleep choking for breath. We tried a short course of steroids, but it continued to bother me. Since it made me snore and worsened my sleep disorder, we decided to amputate it. I will be having that done today...it's a simple office procedure.
After reading all the postings on several sites, I agree with only one observation - enlarged uvula's are mostly due to dehydration. A good read is "Your body's many cries for water". As a rule, we are a dehydrated society and I am convinced of this because every time I experience my enlarged uvula, I can trace almost no water consumption over the last days. After a few hours of constant drinking (and peeing !) the big lump I can't swallow goes away... until next time I go for too long without drinking water regularly.
It can't hurt to try just plain water to help the situation.
I just to say I am completely relieved that this forum exists. For the past three days I have woken up with an extremely sore throat, so sore that it hurt to just swallow my own saliva. This morning I woke up and it felt like I had something stuck in the back of my throat and I actually tried to "hawk" it up and when it didn't come out and I was gagging every time, I went to the mirror and noticed that my uvula was seemed slightly flattened and elongated to the point where it hit the back of my tongue.
I am taking Ibuprofen for the pain every 5 hours and Acetaminophen interchangeably and it helps the pain obviously, but it does not reduce the swelling or whatever.
Before I read this I was thinking all these horrible thoughts like throat cancer, a possible STD, etc. This relieved me a little. I am completely miserable and I am going to go to the doctor's and see if she can prescribe me anything.
I had the samethings happening to me but the difference is that i had lots of bleeding and it looks like the uvula is normal sice but i have something else that is growing on the bottom. I went to the doc and he said that i may need surgery to remove that "extra piece" anyone had this before?
I have the same enlarged Uvula, quite terrible feeling. And I had the same concerns as the nurse above about all the possibilities about constricted airway but I went to the ER where my pcp sent once I called, they pretty much ridiculed me, did nothing. They were nice until they tested me for strep and blood work, found nothing other than elevated enzymes and than it was o well its some kind of virus maybe mono will shop up in few weeks but maybe not... so does th emono cause the enlarged uvula? noo, thats a different virus probably....so quite a painful visit. I can't take steroids, I am allergic to codein, so I took pepcid and benadryl. It has goten a bit better and than worse again after pepcid. I am drinkin water I think I do notice it helps, and I might have drank too litle before it happened, especially since I had terrible cold symptoms. I am just so annoyed that we are all siting here frustrated and we go to the doctor pay the copay or visit, spend hours there, get tested like lab rats and only to get noooooo result. Ok, I guess I know my test results, so I can diagnose myself now....great! Why dont they just set up labs and get rid of the doctors in the ER... rggggggh. this is not my only frustration with them, so many incompentencies, I am just disgusted at this point.
last night i went out to a strip club and i started making out with one of the strippers. to my dismay i awoke in the back seat of someone elses car and i had no idea where i was. but what freaked me out the most was that my uvula was super enlarged. i want to know what kind of home remedy can help me out of this predicament. thanks for listening and god bless.
I was in New Orleans for New Years and woke up with what I thought was a big flegm ball and when I coughed it up I could feel it in my mouth, but it wouldn't come out. When I finally saw it in the mirror I couldn't believe it, my uvula, it was the size of a grape.
I found this site and did some research on another and since I wasn't running a fever or have a sore throat I settled on the fact that I had been drinking (a lot) and didn't have much if any water the entire day before, dehydration. So I immediately drank a lot of water and took some Benadryl and it went down. I made sure to keep myself hydrated throughout my trip. It worked and I did not have a reoccurrence, but it did scare me pretty good.
I have had this "uvula issue" for years. When I was younger it seemed to happen if I drank to much (especially hard liquor). Now it only happens a couple times each year, and I'm not drinking. I'm not sure why it's happening - but it does make you worried.
As for the salt on the tongue thing - I have found that if I garggle/soak my throat with warm salt water, it does help and if I do it a few times in a day - it's usually fine the next morning. Oh- and also I sleep on my stomach the next night, because it does seem to swell up more when I get caught sleeping more on my back.
Good luck - and if you're like me, when it happens - you're willing to try any household remedy to make it go away.
After shoulder surgery (I was routinely intubated) my throat was extremely sore. The next day, I had a constant feeling of something in my throat. My uvula is not very swollen but it does touch my tongue. It's been 5 days and has only slightly improved. Any thoughts?
I was getting worried about this, it's been troubling me now for a few weeks. My uvula is not sore, but it is quite swollen and I quite often have an urge to gag... It tends to be worse the morning after I have a drink (even fairly modest amounts of alcohol tend to make it worse). I had my tonsils out as a child. I don't think I have a throat infection - at least I don't have any other symptoms.
After reading years of these posts, i am glad to see that my three days of problems seem not to be that uncommon. I didn't experience the dry mouth problems, but my throat is a little soar. I did drink the night before, beer though, and i didn't notice a problem until at least late afternoon the next day. I am also well hydrated, and was drinking lots of water before findign this post without much help. I just gargled salt water after reading these posts and its seems to have helped a bit but nothing spectacular. I will try it several times again today and post a quick update after each "session" just to let people know what i felt at that moment. Hopefully this will help in realizing what helped and what didn't.
I think this sensation combined with swollen papillae on the back of the tongue can make a real sensation of a lump. This is , im quite sure, what im suffering from. my throat is unhappy with me from smoking likely! I also drink a large coffee in the morning (sometimes more during the day) which i had seen in someone's post was suggested against. I question the legitimacy of this warning but if it is legitimate then it may in fact be one of the causes of my discomfort.
my husband has awoken several times over the past 20 years with an elongated uvula which sits on his tongue and he irritatingly gurgles with it. it always happens following a good lager drinking session and has happened following a spicy meal. i was wondering if anyone had tried anti histamines.
My hubby has the stretched out uvula as well. It is good he is not alone on this. It is also scarry how many people have this and they still are not completely sure what causes it or even a cure besides cutting the thing off. Well i guess at least they can do that . He has been having this happen off and on for about 2-3 years now. He's been to doctors that also gave him antibiotic. I did not think that would work. I am not a doctor, but I am big on science, and it just did not sound right.
ok, a few things that might help that people freaking out. i got the problem on saturday after i burnt my uvula on some hot chips and drank until i passed out and then threw up the following morning and then later on sunday it was in extreme pain and i went to see a GP on tuesday and he had no fkn idea he was useless so i went to see a better GP who KNEW immediately what was wrong, today on thursday and he told me to do the following things:
1. gargle difflam anti-inflammatory antiseptic (gargling salt water helps)
2. have ibprofen
3. rest, have lots of water, and even cold food can help (ice cream yay)
- i also had a form of phrangitis (inflammation of osophagus) *BUT if the roof of your mouth (boney area is specifically sore then DEFINATELY go to GP because he checked that out and said that is serious if it is) - prob best to go to a competant GP anyway
now last night i tried what other people have been talking about and put a spoon down my throat with a bit of salt on it and rubbed my uvula with it,and i have got to tell you i woke up today (after doing it twice last night) and it is ALOT better, it is not making me wish i was dead. good luck everyne!