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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Swollen uvula

09/28/2007

Question:

I WENT OUT DRINKING LAST NIGHT AND AFTER I CAME HOME I GOT SICK AND I VOMITED ALOT MY THROAT BEGAN TO FEEL LIKE SOMETHING WAS IN IT AND I FELT I COULDN`T BREATHE. I LOOKED IN THE MIRROR AND IT IS SWELLLED UP BAD AND WHEN I COUGH IT COMES ONTO MY TOUNGUE. IS THIS DANGEROUS SHOULD IT BE THIS HUGE COMING ONTO MY TONGUE? I MEAN IT IS LONG TOO.

Answer:

It is likely that the uvula was chemically injured during the vomiting episode.  A chemical burn to the uvula from stomach acids may cause the uvula to swell.  This likely will settle down over the next few days. If not, a short course of oral steroids may decrease the inflammation and swelling.

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Response by:

Lee   Zimmer, MD Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati