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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
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.
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.
Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati