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Date : 01-Mar-2014
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Very Good Posted in: Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
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User:I was diagnosed with Strep Throat yesterday and given penicillin (prescribed to take twice a day).This morning my fever finally went away (after 3 days of high fever) and my sore throat is much better. But, my uvula is extremely swollen to the point it is touching the back of my tongue and gagging me. I have never had this happen before.
How long will it take for the penicillin to reduce the swelling of my uvula? What is the best home remedy I can use to help? It is driving me crazy!
Doctor:Hello I am Dr. XXXXXXX
Doctor:Please give me a minute to go through your questions
Doctor:It will take one or two more days for the uvula to reduce in size
Doctor:since the sore throat is now reduced, uvula will also get better.
Doctor:You can help it reduce faster by doing salt water gargling
User:will ibuprofen help reduce the swelling?
User:I am having PRK eye surgery tomorrow and I am hoping to speed up the healing process of my throat so I am not so miserable!
Doctor:take a cup of lukewarm water, and put two teaspoons of salt, and gargle 4 to six times a day
Doctor:Yes, ibuprofen will also help reduce the swelling
User:Last question...what causes the uvula to swell and how do I prevent it in the future? I have had strep throat many times and never had this happen before.
Doctor:You should inform you eye doctor about your sore throat before surgery
User:I called their office today and they said it was fine to proceed with my eye surgery.
Doctor:Uvula swells because of the infection itself, it is not necessary for it swell up each time you have infection
Doctor:That is good, you can go ahead with the surgery then
User:okay...thank you for your help
Doctor:take ibuprofen 400 mg
Doctor:and do the salt water gargling
User:I will do all of the above!
Doctor:gargling will help greatly
Doctor:is there anything else?
User:I have been gargling...but it makes me gag :)
User:I will keep trying
User:no...that is all!
User:thank you!
Doctor:make sure to put more salt
Doctor:salt will draw out the fluid out of the swollen uvula
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Doctor:Have a good day, and all the best for your surgery
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