Q. My uvula gets hurt only when I pretend to swallow. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Prasun Mishra
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Nov 08, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am a 17-year-old female. The back of my uvula starts to hurt since yesterday. It hurts only when I pretend to swallow. But when I swallow water or food, it does not hurt. It hurts only on my left side. I have checked, and it was not swollen and looks normal. I tried touching it and scratched it. Also, when I yawn or open my mouth widely, the pain slowly goes away but after a while, it comes back. Are there any home remedies to cure it?

Dr. Prasun Mishra

Otolaryngology (E.N.T)
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Went through your symptoms, it would have been great if you could click a photograph and send as sometimes few minor changes go unnoticed.

However, I believe that the uvula is not swollen. In this case it appears as a case of an aphthous ulcer on the uvula. It may not present directly in the way of food so it does not hurt on eating, but dry swallowing leads to stretch and movement of that part and so it causes pain.

Remedies that I may suggest is:

1) Drink lots of water, just sips but frequently.

2) Avoid oily and spicy food for five days.

3) Take some multivitamin with zinc combination (zevit).

4) Start Mucaine gel 10 ml take it in the mouth and keep for 30 seconds and then swallow it. Do it three times a day.

5) Apply Amlexanox ointment all over the uvula twice a day.

6) Take some anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen 400 mg twice a day for two days.

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