What Causes An Enlarged Uvula?

Can I get my uvula removed?

Uvula removal is done with a procedure called an uvulectomy.

This removes all or part of the uvula.

It’s usually done to treat snoring or some of the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)..

How long does it take to recover from uvula surgery?

You will probably be able to go back to work or to most of your usual activities 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. But you may need up to 3 to 6 weeks to fully recover.

Is Uvulitis contagious?

FAQs about swollen uvula It is a type of strep throat infection and is therefore contagious, but most people will develop pharyngitis (swelling of the pharynx) instead of uvulitis.

Is a swollen uvula serious?

Uvulitis is inflammation, including swelling, of the uvula. It can be irritating, but it’s usually temporary. However, if swelling of the uvula is severe, it can interfere with your ability to swallow. It’s not common, but a swollen uvula can restrict your breathing.

What if your uvula is touching your tongue?

This condition is known as uvulitis. When the uvula touches the throat or tongue, it can cause sensations like gagging or choking, although there is no foreign matter present. This can cause problems with breathing, talking, and eating.

What is the purpose of the uvula?

The uvula (YOO-vyuh-luh) is the tissue that hangs down at the back of your throat. Having it removed can help open your airway and reduce vibrations when you breathe in and out. It can help to reduce snoring and other symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Why is my uvula split in two?

Both a cleft palate and a bifid uvula may be hereditary. They can also be the result of genetic conditions or caused by environmental factors. Smoking, certain medications, and diabetes can increase the risk of delivering a baby with a cleft palate.

What does white spots on your uvula mean?

A common bacterial infection that may result in white patches in the throat is strep throat, an infection caused by Streptococcus bacteria. Strep throat is a common and contagious illness that results in a tender and painful sore throat accompanied by fever and other symptoms.

Should I go to the hospital for a swollen uvula?

If you are experiencing an uncomplicated case of a swollen uvula, drinking cold fluids or sucking/eating ice chips may ease your pain and help the swelling to go down. But if the uvula swells so much that you can’t swallow or talk, or you have difficulty breathing, you should go to the nearest emergency room.

What is a cobblestone throat?

Cobblestone throat is a term doctors use to describe an irritated throat with visible bumps and lumps at the back. The bumps are caused by enlarged lymphatic tissue in the tonsils and adenoids, which are pockets of tissue in the back of your throat.

What causes the uvula to be long?

An elongated uvula is a hereditary trait. Though it may not swell, it can cause similar symptoms due to the size. Hereditary angioedema is a rare genetic condition that causes swelling throughout the body, and it can affect the uvula.

How much does it cost to get your uvula removed?

On MDsave, the cost of Uvulectomy (in office) is $685 .

Do you need antibiotics for Uvulitis?

Uvulitis may get better on its own without medicines. Depending on the cause, you may prescribed: Antibiotics to treat an infection. Steroids to reduce swelling of the uvula.

Why is my uvula swollen in the morning?

The rapid and turbulent air reaches the back of the patient’s nose and enters the back of the throat where the uvula hangs. The rapid air creates a suction current as it passes the uvula. This suction current will pull on the uvula and stretch it creating swelling. The more swollen it gets the louder the snoring.

Can enlarged uvula cause coughing?

An elongated uvula can flop down and touch various structures in the upper airway including the posterior pharyngeal wall, epiglottis, and vocal cords. Irritation of these structures can lead to chronic cough.