The uvula is the fleshy hanging bit in your throat and it has two main roles. First, it prevents bacteria from entering our bodies and second, it is very important for speech. The inflammation of the uvula is not a very common condition and can be caused by many factors. Although is quite a harmless condition, it can cause a lot of discomfort to the person suffering it. If you have a cold or an allergy and your uvula is irritated, read this OneHowTo article in which we explain you how to treat a swollen uvula with home remedies.
Even if there are many good home remedies for treating a swollen uvula, it is always advisable to combine them with common anti-inflammatories, such as Ibuprofen. This will help reduce the pain and inflammation so that you feel much better.
Twice daily, gargle with some warm water with a teaspoon of salt dissolved in it. Thanks to salt's iodine content, it is a good anti-inflammatory that will also help control any infections in your swollen uvula.
Staying hydrated is essential, given that if the uvula is swollen and irritated, re-hydration will be the order of the day. By not consuming enough liquid, you'll make the problem worse. It is therefore important to drink warm teas, especially tea with a spoonful of honey, as honey has antimicrobial properties which will help to reduce the inflammation fast. Remember to drink at least two liters of water per day.
Some homeopathic remedies, such as belladonna or wormwood, are particularly good for alleviating throat problems like inflammation and irritation. This plant has been used since the Middle ages for pain relief and for cosmetic purposes. Eating just a few berries of the belladonna plant, however, can be lethal to humans. In a herbalist's, you will be able to find more information about this.
If the inflammation of the uvula is because of an allergic reaction, it is important to pinpoint what has caused the allergic reaction and take antihistamines to control the problem. You should visit your doctor if you think your swollen uvula is caused by an allergic reaction.
While your uvula is swollen, it is important not to smoke, shout or raise your voice too much. You should also keep your neck protected from the cold, as sudden changes in temperature could worsen the problem.
If after three days of homemade treatments your uvula continues to be red, inflamed and irritated; if you are in a lot of pain and have problems swallowing; or if you have noticed white marks that look a bit like pus, then you should go to see your physician or an ENT specialist. When the uvula is infected, you may need antibiotics or steroids that only a doctor can prescribe. Take a look at the reasons why you have a swollen uvula to pinpoint the possible cause.
This article is merely informative, OneHowTo does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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- Honey and garlic are two useful ingredients that can help relieve pain and fight any possible infections.