WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Uvulitis is severe swelling of your uvula. The uvula is the small piece of tissue that hangs in the back of your throat. Uvulitis is usually caused by an infection, an injury to the back of the throat, or an allergic reaction. It also may be caused by angioedema (a problem with the immune system that is passed down through families).
- Antibiotics: You may need antibiotics if an infection caused your uvulitis. This medicine will help fight infection. Take your antibiotics until they are gone, even if you feel better.
- Steroids: You may need steroid medicine if an allergic reaction caused your uvulitis. This medicine helps decrease redness, pain, and swelling.
- Antihistamines: You may need antihistamines if an allergic reaction caused your uvulitis. This medicine helps decrease itching.
- Take your medicine as directed: Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are taking any vitamins, herbs, or other medicines. Keep a list of the medicines you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- Your signs and symptoms do not get better, even after treatment.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or treatment.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have worse trouble swallowing.
- You have trouble breathing.
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