or Connect
Styleforum › Forums › Culture › Health & Body › swollen throat dangly thing...
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

swollen throat dangly thing...

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
A while back I had a huge uvula (the thing that hangs in your mouth). It was literally laying on my tongue. I didn't want to say anything about in fear of going to the doctor, getting a blood test and having it screened for drugs. So I just drank a ton of water and it was gone by the next day. Whew. I was happy. But, for some reason I was curious as to what caused it and decided to google it and stumbled upon this link and thought it would be nice to share it with you guys. So don't freak the hell out the next time this thing is as big as your thumb like I did when I saw it.

Right here

If you don't want to click that, I'll sum it up for you. Lots of things cause the uvula to flip the hell out. They include: drinking, allergies, smoking, and all sorts of things that you would expect to cause it. The swelling has something to do with dehydration. I don't know why, but it does. The best way to fix it is to "drink a shit ton of water". I looked it up on a few other sites and the use of cocaine can make it huge. Something to do with all the sniffing and stuff.

I don't know why I posted that, but I thought it was interesting.
post #2 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oddly Familiar
A while back I had a huge uvula (the thing that hangs in your mouth). It was literally laying on my tongue. I didn't want to say anything about in fear of going to the doctor, getting a blood test and having it screened for drugs. So I just drank a ton of water and it was gone by the next day. Whew. I was happy. But, for some reason I was curious as to what caused it and decided to google it and stumbled upon this link and thought it would be nice to share it with you guys. So don't freak the hell out the next time this thing is as big as your thumb like I did when I saw it.

Right here

If you don't want to click that, I'll sum it up for you. Lots of things cause the uvula to flip the hell out. They include: drinking, allergies, smoking, and all sorts of things that you would expect to cause it. The swelling has something to do with dehydration. I don't know why, but it does. The best way to fix it is to "drink a shit ton of water". I looked it up on a few other sites and the use of cocaine can make it huge. Something to do with all the sniffing and stuff.

I don't know why I posted that, but I thought it was interesting.


thanks - I have had this happen to me a half dozen times. the first time I freaked out completly and utterly. it always happens during or after a long flight, a few days after I have smoked a cigar, and had too much to drink - all things that dry you out.
post #3 of 16
oh great. now i'm aware of it hanging back there in my throat, and it's not even swollen.
post #4 of 16
Oddly what kind of a health plan do you have where they screen your blood test for drugs if you don't give premission for that?
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
I think that all doctors screen blood/urine for drugs on anyone. I'm pretty sure it would have come back clean, I just didn't want to chance it.
post #6 of 16
I had an alergic reaction to some funky drug (perscription) I was given while being treated for strep throat while deployed to Bosnia a few years ago. Because of the reaction my uvula swelled up, cracked, and started bleeding. I was sleeping when it started and almost choked to death from the blood. I spent the next 12 hours hooked up to an IV to drive the toxins out of my body. Was one of the most miserable experiences of my life.
post #7 of 16
i have to stop reading this thread now.
post #8 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oddly Familiar
I think that all doctors screen blood/urine for drugs on anyone. I'm pretty sure it would have come back clean, I just didn't want to chance it.
I think you are... how you say.. pa-a-noy.
post #9 of 16
I hear the way to deal with a swelled uvula is to heat up a paperclip until it's red hot and just jam it right in there.
post #10 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nick M
I hear the way to deal with a swelled uvula is to heat up a paperclip until it's red hot and just jam it right in there.
Post pics.
post #11 of 16
speaking of which, i had the same thing happen to my big toenail - blood blister lived under the nail for a few weeks, was making its way out to the end. yesterday when i was clipping my nails, the nail surface over the blister felt kindof...flaky or something. so of course i picked it off. ew, there was this old nasty junk under there, i guess it was dried blood. so i picked it out. now i have a hole in my toenail. so that's kindof gross.

i guess if i had poked it with a paperclip early on, this wouldn't have happened?

****edit: dammit, why am i still on this thread.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm enjoying the responses I have received from this.
post #13 of 16
I had a swollen uvula once, and it was horrible, i kept gagging on it... I had a viral streplike throat and I wanted to kill myself by that point to get the 3 weeks of barely being able to eat over.
post #14 of 16
I suffer from fucking epic, from-hell strep throat about once or twice a year, usually in mid-summer, and typically when my defenses are down (e.g., after a few nights of heavy drinking and little sleep). It is horrible beyond horrible, painful beyond all reckoning of pain.

I've been told by doctors that my tonsils are highly susceptible to strep, and that I am most likely a carrier. I've even been told I should get the tonsils taken out. I know it's not directly related to this thread's intended topic, but has anyone out there had their tonsils out as an adult? I'm 30, and I hear that a tonsillectomy at my age is even more of a bear than it usually would be.
post #15 of 16

The uvula on my vag is also easy to swell up. It seems to happen on a regular basis. I went to the doctor and he checked it out for me. He said it seems to be alright, sensitive to the touch and a redish-pink color and it's not dry. I still worry about it. Is there any suggestions as to what I should do about it?

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Health & Body
Styleforum › Forums › Culture › Health & Body › swollen throat dangly thing...