Uvula is important in swallowing and talking, and when it gets infected, then swallowing and talking are also affected. Here are some signs that one is having an inflamed uvula:
Symptoms Of Inflammed Uvula
- Pain. A person with inflamed uvula finds it difficult and painful to swallow food, and even saliva. The swollen uvula usually hangs low and the friction between foods can irritate it more.
- Gagging. This is usually felt when the uvula hangs really low, that it can touch the floor of the throat. The person usually feels like choking due to the huge size of the uvula.
- Change in voice quality. The uvula helps one speak, and with an inflamed uvula, speaking would be difficult. Hoarseness in voice may also happen.
- Redness. The usual pinkish color of the uvula becomes red when infected or irritated.
- Fever. This is usually present when the patient is suffering from an infected uvula.
What Causes Inflamed Uvula?
Having an inflamed uvula can be really uncomfortable. It can make swallowing difficult as well as talking. Here aresome of the causes of an inflamed uvula:
- Allergic reactions.
- Infection. Uvula is prone to both viral and bacterial infections as food and sometimes air passes through this small appendage. Breathing through the mouth, instead of the nose, can increase the chance of having an inflamed uvula.
- Dehydration. Lack of fluids can also cause inflammation of the uvula.
- Nasal congestion. A severe cold and post nasal drip can cause an inflammation of the uvula.
- Gum Infection: Occasionally the infection of the gums in the oral cavity may spread to the uvula and cause inflammation of the uvula.
- Gastro-esophageal reflux disease can also result in inflammation and irritation of the uvula.
Treatment For Inflamed Uvula
Remedies and medications for inflamed uvula vary depending on what caused the inflammation. Here is a list of home remedies and medication that can help treat an inflamed uvula:
- Prepare a paste of turmeric and jaggary. Consume this twice every day. Turmeric is a strong anti inflammatory agent, while jaggary helps mask the pungent taste of turmeric.
- Keep hydrated. A dry mouth can cause uvula inflammation. So always keep hydrated especially during hot, dry days.
- Eat healthy. Being healthy and eating the right kinds of foods can strengthen the immune system and prevent viral and bacterial infections.
- Warm, salted water. Gargling with warm water with salt can help relieve pain and can help reduce an inflamed uvula.
- Honey and lemon. Adding honey to a warm lemon juice can also help soothe the pain of an inflamed uvula.
- Homeopathic drugs like Bryonia Alba and Causticum are considered beneficial in the management of inflamed uvula. These drugs can be used especially when inflammation of the uvula is associated with upper respiratory tract infection or gastric reflux.