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What is a uvula in the mouth?
Last Updated: 9th February, 2020
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Consequently, what is the function of uvula in the mouth?
Function. During swallowing, the soft palate and the uvula move together to close off the nasopharynx, and prevent food from entering the nasal cavity. It has also been proposed that the abundant amount of thin saliva produced by the uvula serves to keep the throat well lubricated. It has a function in speech as well.
Beside above, why does it feel like I'm swallowing my uvula? Your uvula -- the flesh that hangs in the back of your throat -- helps you swallow and speak. A swollen uvula can cause a sore throat, redness, trouble breathing or talking, or a choking feeling. If your uvula is oversized, it's a sign from your body that something's not right. Sometimes the cause can't be found.
Then, can your uvula be removed?
Uvula removal is done with a procedure called an uvulectomy. This removes all or part of the uvula. It's usually done to treat snoring or some of the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Your doctor might recommend an uvulectomy if you have a large uvula that interferes with your sleep or breathing.
Why is my uvula so long?
An elongated uvula is a hereditary trait. Though it may not swell, it can cause similar symptoms due to the size. Hereditary angioedema is a rare genetic condition that causes swelling throughout the body, and it can affect the uvula.