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Dr. Arun Phophalia
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There is a flap of skin in the back of my throat that is ...

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There is a flap of skin in the back of my throat that is swollen and I am really freaked out what could this be? It feels like I need to clear my throat but nothing is there and I can see something hanging in the back of my throat.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 years ago.

Greetings?

Where do you see the flap of skin? Just where the mouth cavity ends? On the upper side? Do you have sore throat, cough or any other symptoms?

Dr. Arun

Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 years ago.

Hello,

Please read this resource and see the photographs in it. Is it looking like uvula? A swollen uvula may sometimes look abnormal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uvula

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to Dr. Arun Phophalia's Post: yes it is located there and my throat is sore today
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 years ago.

Hello,

Uvula is a normal structure and do get swollen in the infections of the throat (pharyngitis). They are usually viral and take 3-5 days do get better. Warm saline gargles, 3-4 times a day would help you, in relieving the symptoms. If you have pain or fever, taking Motrin or Tylenol would be helpful.

Dr. Arun