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How can you save your life if your are choking on food alone?

How can you save your life if your are choking on food alone?

Self heimlich: Perform a self heinrich maneuver or do it against a chair find anyone else nearby who might be able to do it. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop choking on food? Eat smaller or bigger bites?

What can I do to stop choking on food? Eat smaller or bigger bites?

Smaller: Eat small bites and slowly. It needs to be coated with saliva for better digestion and lubrication down your esophagus. ...Read more

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Treating Food Poisoning (Checklist)

For severe cases, go to the emergency room/call the Poison Control Center for an antidote
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Go to the emergency room if you're vomiting nonstop
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If you have diarrhea, eat something to stop water loss
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If you have excess dehydration, go to the emergency for IV fluids
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Is it possible to be choking on food, have the heimlich and not have the food fly out?

Depends: CPR will give you the best guidelines on what to do in the instance when someone is choking and/ coughing hard. It is imperative that you learn bls, basic life support. You can find classes at your local hospital, many community programs and the american red cross chapter nearest you. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! what do you do if a 5-8 year old starts choking on food?

Need doctor's help! what do you do if a 5-8 year old starts choking on food?

Call 911: Call 911 and use-the heimlich maneuver. Wrap arms around abdomen with thumb side of hand pressing into belly button and thrust upwards towards ribs. ...Read more

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Why is GERD making it so hard for me to eat? I also have anxiety about choking on food but I really need to eat

Why is GERD making it so hard for me to eat? I also have anxiety about choking on food but I really need to eat

Unclear: Many people with GERD have the sensation food is stuck in the throat. Probably related to the brain mis-perceiving sensory information from the throat area. It is sometimes referred to as a globus sensation. It's exact cause is really unknown but it is not dangerous. If you're really concerned something is wrong, see your primary care doc for a more complete eval. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How high is the risk of choking (on food) while under anesthetics if you have gastroparesis and frequent acid reflux?

How high is the risk of choking (on food) while under anesthetics if you have gastroparesis and frequent acid reflux?

Unlnown: The understanding of "nothing by mouth" times has changed in recent years. The length of time being far shorter. However a person with gastro paresis may potentially extend the nothing by mouth times considerably way past eight hours. ...Read more

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Help me get how my anxiety can be so bad keep choking but ER said I'm fine choking on food pills to were I can't breathe hard to eat dr say I'm ok?

Help me get how my anxiety can be so bad keep choking but ER said I'm fine choking on food pills to were I can't breathe hard to eat dr say I'm ok?

ANXIETY/PHOBIA WB: You need to purchase the anxiety and phobia workbook . This will explain medication , diet and alternative strategies. I usually start a short acting. Medication like Xanax/Ativan/klonopin. And a long acting medication like Zoloft or cymbalta (duloxetine). Relaxation techniques like meditation EFT and EMDR. ...Read more

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48yr old womam. Had endoscopy & colonoscopy 1 year ago, normal. Now coughing, occasionaly choking on food & heartburn. Worried about esophegal cancer.

48yr old womam. Had endoscopy & colonoscopy 1 year ago, normal. Now coughing, occasionaly choking on food & heartburn. Worried about esophegal cancer.

Unlikely: Assuming the endoscopy was done properly, the chances of an esophageal cancer developing so quickly in a young, non smoking woman are very slim. Many other things could cause your symptoms. Do not panic but do visit your doc. You may need swallowing studies or other tests. ...Read more

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Tight chest pains which go within a few seconds but also have problems when i swallow i seem to be choking on food lately too so i'm too scared to eat?

Tight chest pains which go within a few seconds but also have problems when i swallow i seem to be choking on food lately too so i'm too scared to eat?

Chest pain: Most likely you have a condition called gerd. The lower sphincter in your esophagus is too relaxed and food easily travels in a wrong direction. Have an ENT perform a endoscopy and see what they find. ...Read more

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If I had a barium swallow test and it was normal should I still be worried about choking on food? ENT doc did exam with scoop n said all was ok

If I had a barium swallow test and it was normal should I still be worried about choking on food? ENT doc did exam with scoop n said all was ok

Not if you have no S: Barium swallow tests are just one of many tests to help diagnose a condition that can cause problems swallowing. If your ENT doctor (who I assume knows you well) said all was OK, and if you're not have symptoms (i.e., ongoing problems with chewing / swallowing), at your age, a normal barium swallow is very reassuring. Not knowing ur medical history, you should use HealthTap Prime or ask ur primary ...Read more

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3 large tori in toof of mouth sometimes cause choking on food, difficulty swallowing or breathing, or trap food. What specialists remove tori? Risks?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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3 large tori in toof of mouth sometimes cause choking on food, difficulty swallowing or breathing, or trap food.  What specialists remove tori? Risks?

Oral Surgeon: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery requires additional 4-6 years of hospital-based surgical and anesthesia training after graduation from dental school with DDS or DMD degree. They perform surgeries and manage a wide variety of problems relating to the oral cavity, teeth and facial regions. ...Read more

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How do I stop a sore throat after choking on food?

How do I stop a sore throat after choking on food?

Take it easy: Best plan is to take it easy with foods until your throat recovers. You can have soft foods and/or liquids like soup -- making sure the temperature is tolerable. Unless you have severely damaged your throat, its mucosal lining should heal fairly quickly (within days). In the meantime, advil or aleve (naproxen) may help. Salt water gargles (don't swallow!); warm herbal teas. Stay hydrated. ...Read more

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Left tonsil has been enlarged for three weeks. No fever, sore throat or cough. Only symptom is choking on food and feels like Bubble in throat. ?

Left tonsil has been enlarged for three weeks. No fever, sore throat or cough. Only symptom is choking on food and feels like Bubble in throat. ?

Get checked.: When one tonsil is larger than the other, and this is new, you should get checked by your doc, even though you have no fever. Sometimes strep can present without a fever, and sometimes without a sore throat. Other things can cause this though, and it it's impossible to say without more detail and seeing it in person. ...Read more

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Started choking on food when eating/swallowing.Throat full of phlegm. Constant lump in throat feeling always swallowing.Afraid to eat-there've been 2 times I almost didn't get food out of mouth/throat in time. Cough,rib/chest pain. Ideas/Help please?

Be seen: What you are describing medically would be called dysphagia, there are multiple causes. Among the more common is chronic reflux disease leading to constrict ute of the esophagus. Consider being seen. Work up would likely include a swallowing study and an egd. ...Read more

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I have lump in throat causing right ear pain nausea head and neck pain severe fatigue and problem wirh my balance no health insurance chokeing on food as well hard to breathe laying down?

I have lump in throat causing right ear pain nausea head and neck pain severe fatigue and problem wirh my balance no health insurance chokeing on food as well hard to breathe laying down?

Go to Doctor : Going to the family doctor is not an expensive proposition. Especially when you consider urgent care center or the er, you need to be seen by a physician. Please get to the local family clinic today. ...Read more

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How hard is it to choke on food? A friend choked to death on ham now I'm over thinking every time I eat.

Very rare but...: Condolences on your loss. About 2500 people die in the US each year from choking, nearly 7 people a day in a country of 320 million people, but the risk is highest in young children and the elderly. I imagine risk is higher if you are talking or distracted while eating. Chewing well and focusing your attention on eating will minimize risk. Risk of dying in a motor vehicle accident is 17x higher. ...Read more

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