Swollen Soft Palate Symptoms
Since the soft palate contains a few different types of body tissues such as blood vessels, muscles, ligaments and fat, it is common for this area to exhibit signs of swelling and inflammation when the body experiences a viral, bacterial or fungal invasion. And since this area is connected to both the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, it is important to evaluate any symptoms to determine the cause of the swelling. This inflammation is the body's sign that there is an invader, and it needs help!
Unfortunately, that invader could also be oral cancer, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). The early oral signs of this disease include swelling, lumps, redness, pain and loss of function. Your dental provider is the ideal medical professional to address cancer concerns. You can request a regular screening every time you get your teeth cleaned.
Swelling on the roof of your mouth could also be from something as simple as a canker sore or a burn from hot coffee. Doctors Health Press notes that a swollen feeling can come from dehydration, especially after overconsuming alcohol the night before. Drinking plenty of water and keeping up your electrolytes with fruit juices and energy drinks won't hurt if your swollen palate also comes from a virus, but you should visit your dentist if symptoms last for more than a day.