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Causes of a swollen uvula

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i woke up in the morning and me uvula was swollen and still is i gargled salt water and its not going a way please help

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replied June 5th, 2009
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A6729

It is possible that the swollen uvula might be due to inflammation. What caused the inflammation cannot be determined without further examination.

The inflammation might have been caused by a bacterial or viral infection. The infection might have started on the uvula and throat first, but it might have spread from other close organs, too. Inflammation of the sinuses and nasal inflammation are characterized with excessive production of fluids which might be felt as post nasal drip. The fluids carry the bacteria or the viruses to the uvula and throat.

You might want to visit your family doctor for a physical examination. He might want to have a throat swab to check for any bacteria. If bacteria are found, then antibiotics would be prescribed.

If the inflammation is not caused by bacteria or viruses, then you might reconsider whether the air in the room where you sleep is too dry. It might additionally make the uvula dry too, which would lead to inflammation. This inflammation might be repeated for several mornings in a row, but the symptoms might decrease or even completely disappear in the afternoon. If this is what is actually happening, then you might use air moisturizers.

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