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What causes swelling of uvula?

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Posted on Tue, 19 May 2015
Question: my uvula feels like it is swollen and on the back of my tongue and I don't understand why. I thought it may be allergies but in talking to some people who are non medically certified the mention of strep throat came up because of patches on my tongue.
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (41 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
A photo of uvula/tongue & following information are needed...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Can you please provide a photo of uvula or/and of your tongue to have a look at the patches myself.

Indeed, the swelling of uvula might be due to:
- inflammation: allergy
- infection: strep throat or other pathogens determined by culture of throat swab

Can you also report if:
- you have sore throat recently?
- having fever or feeling feverish?
- any flu like symptoms recently?

For the moment, I can only advise to:
- gargle with warm water and salt
- take 1 teaspoon of olive oil and honey in the morning
- increase water intake
- apart benadryl, try to use anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or paracetamol

Looking forward to have the requested photo and information in!
Dr.Albana
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Brief Answer: A photo of uvula/tongue & following information are needed... Detailed Answer: Hi, Can you please provide a photo of uvula or/and of your tongue to have a look at the patches myself. Indeed, the swelling of uvula might be due to: - inflammation: allergy - infection: strep throat or other pathogens determined by culture of throat swab Can you also report if: - you have sore throat recently? - having fever or feeling feverish? - any flu like symptoms recently? For the moment, I can only advise to: - gargle with warm water and salt - take 1 teaspoon of olive oil and honey in the morning - increase water intake - apart benadryl, try to use anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or paracetamol Looking forward to have the requested photo and information in! Dr.Albana