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Catarrh treatment by Mike Dilkes

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Catarrh is a widely used descriptive term for build-up of mucus, typically at the back of the nose, post nasal drip, a throat clearing sensation, or the feeling of lumpiness, something stuck, at the back of the tongue. 

Some people experience catarrh or a throat lump sensation for months or years. Treatment is with medicines, or laser uvulectomy. Find out about catarrh treatment here, contact us for an appointment or read  Catarrh FAQs for more information.

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Symptoms of catarrh

The symptom of catarrh is translatable into several different meanings – from blocked nose and sinus pains, to throaty symptoms, tickly cough and post nasal drip, lump in throat sensation, continuous throat clearing and phlegm.


We treat all varieties of catarrh, although many are in fact related to sinus/nose conditions and some to gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. One particular form of catarrh that we successfully treat is the irritating continuous clearing of the throat, the feeling of a lump at the back of the tongue, possibly with a tickly, dry cough and other throat symptoms.


It is well recorded in medical literature that up to around 20% of the population suffer with this condition, which may also be related to snoring, enlarged tonsils and nose blockage. In particular, we look for a long uvula, which is often the cause of these symptoms.

Catarrh treatment at Mike Dilkes ENT Lazer Surgery

This long uvula has the classic slightly swollen tip of someone who suffers with chronic catarrh and throat clearing. See how it is sitting on the back of the tongue giving the feeling of something being there? We treat this with Laser Uvulectomy , a 10 minute procedure under local anaesthetic.

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Catarrh Treatment Fees
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Consultation: £200

  • Clinic procedures: £100

We work with all the major insurers.


Catarrh Treatments & Laser Uvulectomy


The treatment of catarrh is directed to its cause, from nasal allergy to acid regurgitation from the stomach into the throat. One of the main treatments we perform is called laser vapourisation of the uvula (Laser uvulectomy).

This structure is the hanging down object in the back of the throat (see picture on this page), which can cause a lot of the symptoms of catarrh. It is our experience that laser uvulectomy under local anaesthetic can be beneficial in approximately 70% of patients with throat-type catarrh caused by a long uvula. 95% of these procedures are performed under local anaesthetic, which is mostly with the simple application of an anaesthetic spray, followed by a single small injection. The procedure takes about 10 minutes. Speech and swallowing are not affected. Recovery is quick, patients can go back to work after half an hour has passed. 

Laser treatment of catarrh - uvulectomy

Using the Carbon Dioxide laser.

95% of procedures are performed under local anaesthetic, by a single small injection. The procedure takes about 10 minutes. Speech and swallowing are not affected. Recovery is quick. Patients are usually eating and drinking within 30 minutes of return from the laser treatment room. Return to work straightaway is encouraged. Painkillers are prescribed as this procedure can be very sore for several days afterwards.

Catarrh Treatments

Catarrh treatment, lump in throat issues & uvulectomy fees

Ear, Nose and Throat Consultation: £250

Clinic procedures: £100

Laser Uvulectomy

  • Initial consultation, with endoscopy: £250 at HealthHub, more at private hospitals

  • Uvulectomy, performed under local anaesthetic: £1200

We work with all the major insurers.

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