Has this ever happened to anyone else? My uvula swelled up so bad that it was lying down on my tongue. I freaked out, thinking that my throat was closing up, and went to see my doctor. He said that it could've been inflamed by an infection, but that it appeared to be burned. I thanked him, got my prescription, and got the hell out of there. I must've scorched my uvula the night before by inhaling too close to the flame. I got lucky. NEVER go to the doctor for a swollen uvula (the hanging thingy in the back of your throat). They'll KNOW. My doctor never would've pegged me as a smoker so he dismissed it as a possibility.