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Webster, NY
A 24-year-old male asked:

I think that i aspirated vitamin c pill. would i be coughing if it were in my lungs? is it unlikely if i'm not coughing?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Cough protects you: Aspirating happens quite commonly -I can't even count how many times I've taken a drink of water and it 'went down the wrong pipe'. The cough reflex is there to protect the lungs, and in ur case I would be almost certain ur body did what it was supposed to do -cough it OUT of the airways and back into the GI tract -oropharynx or esophagus. If cough persists, you have pain or other symptoms-see doc
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