Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
193 Doctors are Online

Had uvulitis and snoring. Tried gargling with salt water. Healing period?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

ENT Specialist
Practicing since : 1991
Answered : 2509 Questions
Question
I have had uvulitis for 6 days now. Not sure whether it was a reaction to food or the XXXXXXX XXXXXXX winds in so cal or a viral or bacterial infection. should it last this long? I do not drink alcohol or caffeine as they make me anxious. I am a 44 year old male who does snore which may be contributing to the duration that this is taking to go away, possibly.
I tried gargling with salt water, colloidal silver, a mixture of water,salt, and XXXXXXX cider vinegar, and I spray a throat spray that I purchased from whole foods( helps a little).
Should this be taking this long to go away. It has improved a little since day 1.
Posted Mon, 28 Oct 2013 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
 
 
Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
As below:

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. Firstly try an anti-allergic like Benadryl. Sometimes a steroid under antibiotic cover may have to be added to reduce the inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medication may also help.

2. You should get this uvulitis examined if it has persists in spite of the above treatment.

3. If you can upload an image, it may be possible to assess the situation. It may be possible that it is an angioedema as it is associated with snoring or dry weather. It may also be drug induced.

I hope that I have answered your query. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them.

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
 
Follow-up: Had uvulitis and snoring. Tried gargling with salt water. Healing period? 1 hour later
Ok I have uploaded an image for you.
I tried benadryl a few nights ago-helped me sleep but during the day I didn't like the feeling it gave me so I stopped. It didn't seem to help the uvula but did help the sleeping.

When you say drug induced-I do not take any drugs. I tend to leave allopathic medications as a last resort. I try home remedies, homeopathic and naturopathic remedies and now something that may be a gentle transition rather than the big guns (if you know what I mean)
 
 
Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
As below:

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for writing back.

1. The image shows a severe congestion of the uvula,soft palate, tonsil and the posterior pharyngeal wall.

2. Benadryl would help if it was an allergy and does cause drowsiness. You may try a newer generation non-sedating anti-histamine.

3. Turmeric powder in warm milk is an effective natural home remedy. A bland diet will help. A medicated gargle such as Betadine or Chlorhexidine will help.

4. If this does not subside in a couple of days, kindly seek medical attention.

I hope that I have answered your query. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them.

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
 
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Drug/Medication
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an ENT Specialist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor