Swollen uvula after drinking, smoking, and vomiting

By: Dr. Victor Marchione | Oral Care | Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 02:30 PM

swollen uvulaSwollen uvula after drinking, smoking, or vomiting is quite common and generally not a cause for concern. The uvula is the dangly piece of flesh at the back of the throat. Although a swollen uvula can cause irritation and pain, there are simple remedies to ease such symptoms.

Uvulitis is a condition in which the uvula gets enlarged and swollen. Many people don’t even think about their uvula or may not even know what its role is. Well, a uvula helps with speech articulation as well as filtering out bacteria that might contribute to respiratory and digestive problems.

If caught early enough, uvulitis won’t result in complications, but if the inflammation of the uvula continues without treatment, complications may arise. In some individuals, a swollen uvula gets so big that it actually touches the tongue and may trigger gagging or choking sensations, causing eating, talking, and even breathing difficulties.

Swollen uvula after drinking alcohol

A swollen uvula can occur after drinking alcohol because alcohol causes dehydration, which can make the uvula swell. In some individuals, a swollen uvula after drinking is a result of an alcohol allergy, so the uvula swelling is an allergic reaction in this case. The good news is, there is a simple remedy to prevent swollen uvula after drinking, and it involves staying well hydrated, limiting alcohol intake, and avoiding alcohol if you are allergic to it.

Swelling uvula after smoking and vomiting

Swollen uvula, uvulitis, causes and symptoms, natural remediesSmoking and vomiting are irritants to the uvula, so it should be of no surprise that it can cause the uvula to swell. Whether it is from tobacco or air pollution, smoke irritates the uvula and throat. As a result, uvula ends up being dry and swollen.

Vomiting or having acid reflux can irritate the uvula as well, as the acid comes up through the throat coming into contact with the uvula.

A swollen uvula from smoking or vomiting isn’t life-threatening and can be easily treated by quitting smoking, avoiding high pollution areas, and treating your acid reflux.

Swollen uvula after drinking: Treatment

Treating a swollen uvula after drinking is very simple and rarely requires medical intervention. Try these home remedies for relief from a swollen uvula.

  • Drink plenty of fluids and stay well hydrated.
  • Have a cold treat like ice cream to soothe your throat.
  • Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Consume a spoonful of honey a few times a day for lubrication.
  • Eat some ginger as it is a natural anti-inflammatory.
  • Make a basil tea as it reduces throat irritation.
  • Use lozenges or other candies to lubricate the throat.
  • Gargle salt water.

These home remedies can help you treat your swollen uvula caused by drinking quickly and effectively.


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Sources:
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/swollen-uvula-after-drinking.html
http://www.simple-remedies.com/oral-health/swollen-uvula-after-drinking-alcohol.html


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