There is nothing worse, than waking up with a swollen uvula (ok maybe there is, but let’s concentrate). For those who don’t know what an uvula is, it’s that dangly little thing at the back of your mouth which apparently helps with sounds.
Sometimes, when you are sick, dehydrated or you snore (along with many other reasons), the uvula tends to swell and hang low, practically touching your tongue. This results in the horrible unwanted, involuntary and sometimes difficult to stop reflex , also known as gagging, which is more than known to cause vomiting. Horrible! It’s difficult to talk and even to breath through the mouth, without inducing the gagging reflex.
I remember the first time I woke up with a swollen uvula, needless to say I went into a complete gagging frenzy for a whole ten minutes and the more I panicked the worse it got. I had to to force myself to breath through the nose, not talk or do anything else that could irritate the uvula more.
Luckily, the irritated uvula lasted no more than a couple of hours at the most, each time (I’ve had this about four times now, the last time it got much better within 30 minutes).
If you ever wake up with a swollen uvula, here are some ways to treat it, so you can quickly rid yourself of the irritation.
1. Drink lots of water
2. Eat a teaspoon of honey, if you can’t swallow, mix the honey with a bit of warm water and drink it.
3. Drink a mixture of salt and water. (I know a lot of people recommend to gargle salt water, but if you ever had a SWOLLEN UVULA, you would know how that is a bad, bad idea. Maybe you can hold the water at the back of your throat and spit it out if you don’t want to drink it.)
4. Drink lemon water.
Basically, you need to re-hydrate yourself, the salt and the lemon, aid with killing any bacteria at the back of the throat that may be causing the uvula to swell. The honey also has many antibacterial properties which will sooth the throat and kill those nasties.
I hope it helps! I would also love to hear feedback or any other remedies you may have tried to treat a swollen uvula.