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I've had a swollen uvula since last week friday, the 14th. I dont drink, and dont have any allergies as far as I can recall, This is the first time this has happened to me. I've been gargling with salt water, I've been told to gargle and swallow aspirin, but that was on tuesday that I saw a doctor, and nothing has changed. My uvula is still as swollen as it was five days ago. It gets worse in the mornings. Please help me, this thing is beyond a joke and Im starting to feel like i'll have this forever. Please advise.

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replied April 7th, 2008
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A3884
The uvula can be enlarged because of inflammation or a tumor.

Inflammation can be due to infection, allergy, injury or stuck foreign body (fish bone for example). All these conditions cause swelling (edema) of the uvula. Enlargement, caused by inflammation, usually occurs in a short period of time and lasts as long as the factor that provoked it is present.

In he case of a tumor, enlargement is due to cell proliferation. That is usually a slow process that lasts no matter if the factor that provoked it is still present or not.

According to the sudden appearance (one week ago) your uvula swelling could be due to inflammation.
You may want to consult an ENT-specialist about this.

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