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Uvulitis (say "yoo-vyoo-LY-tus") is an inflammation of the uvula (say "YOO-vyuh-luh"). This is the small piece of finger-shaped tissue that hangs down in the back of the throat.
Uvulitis is most often caused by an infection. It can also be a reaction to an allergy or injury. Often the cause is not known.
Your uvula may be red and swollen. You may feel like something is stuck at the back of your throat. Sometimes you may have a hard time swallowing. You may have a sore throat or a fever.
Home treatment for a sore throat may be all that is needed to relieve uvulitis. If it is caused by an infection, your doctor may give you an antibiotic. Your doctor may prescribe an antihistamine or a steroid medicine if uvulitis is caused by an allergy. It may also go away without treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: May 4, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Donald R. Mintz MD - Otolaryngology
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