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A 46-year-old female asked:

couple of hours ago i choked on popcorn & couldn't breathe or talk. my husband freed it, but sin then my throat and chest hurt. should i be worried?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. John McClay
Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Hard to say: If you choked on popcorn, it could have touched your voice box (larynx) or your vocal cords, causing trouble with coughing or breathing for a moment. You could have coughed it out, swallowed it, or it went into the trachea and brochial tubes that connect to your lungs. Your chest and throat could be hurting because it scratched it or because some is logged somewhere. You should see your doctor.
Dr. Mohammed Younus
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Common after choking: Throat and chest pain is common after choking, as your system is violently trying to get rid of the obstacle. Your throat and chest muscles over worked in short period of time, pain should start decreasing with rest and should go away in few days. Get evaluated if the pain starts to increase intensity.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Agree. Popcorn in particular can also cause scratches in these situations making some pain linger until the scratches heal.
Sep 18, 2013

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