Swollen Uvula Causes

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Hanging from the roof of your mouth and at the back of your throat, you will see a protrusion of pink-colored tissue in the shape of a drop. This is known as the uvula. The uvula usually ascends with the soft palate to prevent food and liquids from entering the nose while swallowing. It also aids in a person’s speaking ability. Finally, it can also trigger the gag reflex and prevent choking.

When the uvula becomes swollen, it can cause a foreign object sensation in the back of your throat. This condition is called uvulitis. Swelling of the uvula can occur together with swelling of the surrounding tissues such as tonsils and the throat. A person with uvulitis may also have a sore throat and swallowing may become difficult or painful. If you feel like you might have uvulitis, you can check this out by opening your mouth in front of a mirror and saying “ah”. If your uvula is swollen, it will probably be enlarged and the mucosa will exhibit a red color. But what causes it? Here are 10 swollen uvula causes.

1. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Almost half of adults in the United States will experience symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), at least once a month. GERD is a consequence of the backing up of gastric acid (above the normal limit) into the esophagus, which is the tube that connects the mouth with the stomach. This usually happens after a meal, and it causes symptoms with or without damaging the lining of the esophagus. Examples of typical GERD symptoms are heartburn, regurgitation, and difficulty swallowing.

Additionally, the acid from the stomach can flow upwards and reach the throat and the larynx (voice box), causing a subtype of GERD known as laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). Common symptoms of this condition include sore throat, hoarseness, cough, and a lump-sensation in the throat. When the uvula comes into contact with acid reflux in LPR, it can become red and swollen. If you have uvulitis, and suspect of acid-reflux as a possible cause, consult with a specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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