That thing that hangs in your throat has a name: uvula! It can sometimes become swollen, causing difficulty in swallowing, craving, choking, and even the release of saliva in young children. There are some things that can cause swelling in the uvula, such as bacterial or viral infections, allergies, dry mouth, gastric reflux and even genetics. If you see that your uvula is red or swollen, you can do a few things at home, such as gargling with warm water, sucking on throat lozenges, or eating ice chips to alleviate the symptoms. If they don't get better or if the swelling is in a child, see your doctor.
Method 1 of 3: Treating Swelling in the Uvula
Step 1. Gargle with warm water and table salt
Warm water can bring relief and salt can improve inflammation in the uvula. Don't use hot water or it will burn your throat and make things worse. Mix ¼ to ½ teaspoon of salt in 240 ml of water and mix well.
You can gargle with lukewarm salted water up to three times a day, just don't swallow the water. Too much salt in the body can cause other problems
Step 2. Suck on a throat lozenge
You can choose whichever one you like, but if you're having a lot of discomfort or difficulty swallowing, the ones that take your sensitivity away may be the best choice.
Look for sugar free lozenges. You will usually see this information very clearly on the packaging. This is good for those who are experiencing discomfort but have other health problems, such as diabetes
Step 3. Drink hot tea and stay hydrated
Warm liquid can ease the discomfort in your throat and help keep your body hydrated as you try to reduce the swelling. If you add a little honey, it will form a protective layer in the throat and make consumption easier.
- Herbal teas are especially good for curing sore throats. Chamomile tea with a little honey will ease some of your pain.
- You can also try homemade cinnamon tea to relieve sore throat. Mix 10 g of slippery elm bark, 10 g of marshmallow root, 8 g of dried cinnamon chips, 5 g of dried orange peel and three whole cloves in three cups of water. Simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and add some honey if you like. Drink all the tea in 36 hours.
Step 4. Suck on ice chips
Ice may slightly reduce the swelling in your uvula. Cooling your throat can take some of the sensitivity out of it and make it easier to swallow.
Step 5. Go to the doctor
Swelling in the uvula can be caused by a number of different things. Make an appointment and talk about any symptoms you are experiencing. He may be able to prescribe some medicine to alleviate the symptoms and treat the problem that is causing them.
The doctor may have to insert a kind of cotton swab down your throat to be able to diagnose properly what is causing the swelling in your uvula. Relax your throat as much as you can (try not to tense anything) and it won't be difficult to do this test
Step 6. Take an antibiotic
Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic for you if the swelling in your uvula is the result of an infection. Follow the directions in the recipe to the letter. You need to take the antibiotic at the same time each day for as many days as you have stipulated to get rid of the infection completely.
Method 2 of 3: Recognizing the Symptoms
Step 1. See if there is difficulty in swallowing
If you are having difficulty making the movement to swallow things, whether it is food, drink or saliva, your uvula may be swollen. Take the test by swallowing a few times to make sure it's really hard and it's not just a big chunk of food or too much drink.
If you are having difficulty swallowing and breathing, see your doctor right away
Step 2. Notice if you are craving or choking
If the uvula is swollen, you may start to choke or feel sick even if you have nothing in your throat. Since the uvula hangs at the back of the throat, any swelling can create a movement that makes you feel like you're going to vomit.
Step 3. See if you are drooling
This symptom should be looked for especially in young children, who cannot tell how they are feeling. If you notice that a child is drooling more than usual, he may have a swollen uvula and should be taken to the emergency room.
Step 4. Measure your temperature
A swollen uvula is usually caused by bacterial infections, and these infections are often accompanied by fever. If you are having difficulty swallowing, running out of breath, and feeling sick, take your temperature to see if you have a fever. Normal temperatures vary from person to person, but anything above 37°C is fever.
If you have a fever, go to the doctor right away. A fever can be a sign that something much more serious is going on. Fevers in children, even if mild, can be very dangerous
Step 5. Look for redness or swelling
If you think you have a swollen uvula, you will have to look in the mirror. Stand in front of a mirror tall enough for you to see your entire face or grab a hand mirror. Open your mouth as wide as you can and look at your uvula. It's a drop-shaped thing hanging at the back of your throat. If it looks red or swollen, you should see your doctor.
Method 3 of 3: Preventing Swelling in the Uvula
Step 1. Avoid alcoholic beverages
Drinking too much can make the uvula swell. If you find it swells and then deflates on its own, try reducing your alcohol consumption.
If it doesn't stop swelling, go to the doctor
Step 2. Stop smoking
Cigar and cigarette smoke irritates the throat and, if there is too much, can make the uvula swell. If you are having problems like uvula swelling, stop smoking.
Step 3. Take allergy medicine
Since swelling in the uvula can be a sign of an allergic reaction, take all the allergy medications you should take. If you've never had a diagnosed allergy but notice that your uvula swells up when you eat something, see your doctor right away. Any food allergic reaction that causes swelling in the throat should be treated immediately, as it can affect breathing.
Step 4. Treat gastric reflux
If gastric reflux is contributing to the swollen uvula, try to control the symptoms. In addition to taking antacids when you feel the need, try to eat smaller portions with meals and avoid foods that create the reflux reaction. If you are having difficulty controlling gastric reflux alone, go to your doctor to set up a special treatment for you.