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Irritation of uvula every year at the same time

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 11, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Hi, I know this board is not meant to give medical advice so I only ask for your ideas. I've been having this condition since my childhood and have visited dozens of doctors, no one can explain or diagnose it.

"IT" is an irritation of the uvula or the are around it, kind of between an itch and slight pain. There is a way to kind of suck at the uvula in order to scratch it but that does not really help. "IT" happens every year around the same time: When it gets colder outside. Not when it IS colder, but when it GETS colder. So far I have not found any other way to reproduce it. The itch/pain continues for days until, it seems, the temperatures have settled. It usually takes around 6-8 weeks with a few breaks in between, that is the transition from late summer over fall to early winter. And then it is over.

I have consulted a throat specialist and all he could find was a slight reddening in that area.

So maybe this is just one really rare condition but it really, really bothers me as it did for more than 30 years now. Relocating to the equator might, of course, be a solution but that's not very practical and I actually would like to know what causes this. A cold-allergy?

Paleo nutrition did not work, no matter how strict. Have you ever heard of anything like this? None of my doctors has...

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on October 18, 2012
at 09:36 AM

Since going paleo my food changes with seasons because I only eat local food. But before that (3 years)... no. I have eaten the same stuff throughout the year. As for the air, I had thught about mites that pack their belongings and move inside the house but (of course) there was no evidence for that either. I always sleep in closed rooms. Air filter is a good idea, I will try that. Thanks!

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on October 18, 2012
at 09:34 AM

Thanks, I will try this.

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on October 18, 2012
at 09:32 AM

Thanks. I did, but both allergologists did could not find anything.

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on October 12, 2012
at 11:28 AM

Just to clarify: Winter itself (with cold, dry air) does not seem to induce the problem. But I should add that as soon as temperatures drop below 10°C I have a slight mucus-buildup in the nasopharynx over night and a very slight inflammation-ish tingle at the same spot which is not preventable by wearing a scarf at night. That, indeed occurs during all of inter. It is not nice, but I can live with it. But this uvula thing is independent from that (usually starts long before the mucus-thing) and comes and goes whenever a temperature change occurs (afaik). I have never smoked, I don't snore.

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on October 12, 2012
at 11:14 AM

Thanks for your ideas! Yes, I've even tried nightshade-free. No smoke, no snoring, dry air by itself also is not the problem. Allergic reaction might be, but what? It is 100% dependant on a big drop in air-temperature (e.g. from 20°C to 8°C over night).

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on October 12, 2012
at 11:11 AM

Thanks for your input! I've tried coconut oil gargle before, that did not work. Steam, though usually well-feeling when I'm sick, does not solve the problem either. I had also thought about the dry air but the strange thing is that it only happens during the transition from warm to cold (or moist to dry). Cold/dry air by itself does not seem to be a problem. I'll add a comment to my initial post with the additional information

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on October 12, 2012
at 11:08 AM

Would be great if it wasn't rare... Your questions: no, no and no.

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on October 11, 2012
at 01:08 PM

I honestly doubt this is a rare condition. Do you take probiotics? Have you ever taken Sacharomyces Boulardii? Do you now or have you ever had yeast overgrowth?

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on October 13, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Consider allergies that are active this time of year. Certainly once the cold settles in the whatever was producing the allergy is then dormant.

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on October 18, 2012
at 09:32 AM

Thanks. I did, but both allergologists did could not find anything.

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on October 04, 2013
at 07:48 PM

Sounds like "hay fever"; an allergic reaction to ragweed pollen.

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on October 03, 2013
at 09:18 PM

Oh gosh! I have this exact thing! It's a mixture between irritation of the uvula and an itchy "inner ear". It's fine all year until autumn - this year it flared up again in late September. I have no way to relieve it - I've tried warm olive oil drops in my ears (for wax) and inserting a cotton bud (don't do this!). Nothing stopped it except sucking my uvula. I now unconsciously suck it in my sleep I think as I wake up each morning with a sore jaw and throat :-(.

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on October 14, 2012
at 02:33 AM

Does what you eat change with the seasons? I haven't seen anyone mention it yet, so I'm throwing a wild guess about mycotoxins out there. The produce we get as the weather shifts can have more mold spores on the outside, and you might be sensitive to that.

Do you sleep more in enclosed rooms as the weather turns too? There could be something in there like pet dander, dust (burning dust when we first turn on the heaters for the season kills my throat), or again mold spores that could be irritating your throat as the weather turns. Do you have a HEPA air filter in your room? We've found it to be invaluable as the weather turns and things get more buttoned up in the house.

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on October 18, 2012
at 09:36 AM

Since going paleo my food changes with seasons because I only eat local food. But before that (3 years)... no. I have eaten the same stuff throughout the year. As for the air, I had thught about mites that pack their belongings and move inside the house but (of course) there was no evidence for that either. I always sleep in closed rooms. Air filter is a good idea, I will try that. Thanks!

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on October 13, 2012
at 04:53 PM

Just a thought, since some people report improvements for many conditions, including allergies, by following this protocol:

2 tablespoons of ACV (apple cider vinegar) 8 oz water 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey (optional)

Mix and drink. Do that 2 or 3 times a day.

The honey can be substituted by sodium bicarbonate, if you like. Just better not to take pure ACV, since it can be strong.

The ACV has to be organic, unfiltered, non-pasteurized and preferably with "the mother". I don't live in US, but in case you are there, from what I've read the brand that fits those requirements is Bragg.

http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acvinegar.html

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on October 18, 2012
at 09:34 AM

Thanks, I will try this.

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on October 11, 2012
at 12:03 PM

I assume your doctors would have looked for uvulitis, but just in case... this is from wikipedia:

There are many theories about what causes the uvula to swell, including dehydration (e.g. from arid weather); excessive smoking or other inhaled irritants; snoring; allergic reaction; or a viral or bacterial infection. An aphthous ulcer which has formed on the uvula can also cause swelling and discomfort.

And from the aphthous ulcer article, I would be cautious with citrus fruits, dairies, tooth paste, and everything else that is mentioned there. Just curious, have you tried being nightshade-free?

I hope something helps!

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on October 12, 2012
at 11:14 AM

Thanks for your ideas! Yes, I've even tried nightshade-free. No smoke, no snoring, dry air by itself also is not the problem. Allergic reaction might be, but what? It is 100% dependant on a big drop in air-temperature (e.g. from 20°C to 8°C over night).

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on October 11, 2012
at 10:30 AM

The Uvula is used for several things, gag reflex and the urge to vomit when touched, pronunciation, when enlarged in can be involved in snoring, but like the tonsils it can be infected/inflamed.

I suspect that, like the tonsils, it's part of the immune system, sort of a first line of defense for collecting infection so that the immune system can build antibodies. The question is, what's inflaming it? Could it be strep or something else?

It might not be the temperature, but rather the cold temperature/dry air of fall/winter allows certain virii/bacteria to gain a foothold over our immune system.

If it's an infection, you can try certain antivirals, such as sambucus syrup (Elderberry extract), or antibacterials such as coconut oil - use it as a gargle, see which ones give you relief. You could also add a drop of oregano oil (be very careful with it, it can burn) to coconut oil if you feel it's a more serious infection.

Does steam feel good? Maybe you can get relief by using hot team, drink it slowly, inhale the steam from it by putting your hand over the mug with an opening for your mouth and inhale. Steam up your bathroom with the shower on hot and breathe in the steam. See if that helps.

You could also have it removed if it really bothers you and you haven't found a cure for it, but there will be issues with its removal (loss of gag reflex, less potent immune system, change in voice.)

Eaa2e750beba077b756d8d6b438548e6

(10)

on October 12, 2012
at 11:11 AM

Thanks for your input! I've tried coconut oil gargle before, that did not work. Steam, though usually well-feeling when I'm sick, does not solve the problem either. I had also thought about the dry air but the strange thing is that it only happens during the transition from warm to cold (or moist to dry). Cold/dry air by itself does not seem to be a problem. I'll add a comment to my initial post with the additional information

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