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I wake up choking because my saliva has gone down my wind pipe its so annoying I just want a decent nights sleep : (doe any one know what this is?

I wake up choking because my saliva has gone down my wind pipe its so annoying I just want a decent nights sleep : (doe any one know what this is?

Choking: This is called aspiration, when one chokes on their own saliva
it can happen but ii it is too frequent need to be checked out.
Excessive drinking and sleeping and sleeping with food or candy in the mouth etc to be avoided. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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My Father is 55 years, he was sleeping and suddenly he made weird very loud noises from mouth, looks like choking, anything serious why it happened?

My Father is 55 years, he was sleeping and suddenly he made weird very loud noises from mouth, looks like choking, anything serious why it happened?

Maybe sleep apnea: If this occurs frequently, he should see his physician. Many middle-aged and older people, particularly if overweight, will have respiratory problems while sleeping, often associated with fatigue during the day. ...Read more

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10yr old is obese snores &whistles with her mouth when she sleeps &wakes up2x nitenearly choking&coughing gasping. Is it sleep apnea? Or is it asthma?

10yr old is obese snores &whistles with her mouth when she sleeps &wakes up2x nitenearly choking&coughing gasping. Is it sleep apnea? Or is it asthma?

Defintely sounds: Like airway obstruction. In order to figure out if this is an upper airway obstruction (tonsil enlargement, for example) or lower airway obstruction (such as asthma), you need a doctor to examine this child. ...Read more

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My baby today started choking seemed like he couldn't breath then started throwing white foamy out of his mouth as he. Was choking why was that?

My baby today started choking seemed like he couldn't breath then started throwing white foamy out of his mouth as he. Was choking why was that?

Choking episodes: Can be caused by a number of things. Sometimes babies will have spitting up episodes after eating which can cause choking episodes. Another cause for such episodes would be secretions from post nasal drip, especially if the baby has a lot of nasal congestion. Follow up with your babies pediatrician for further evaluation.
Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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My child has a dry cough and it sounds like he is choking. This happens when he is falling asleep. What can I give him.

My child has a dry cough and it sounds like he is choking. This happens when he is falling asleep. What can I give him.

Should be checked: We don't know how old your child is and can not recommend any meds. Make sure he drinks plenty fluids to keep his nose and throat hydrated and make an appointment with his/her pediatrician so that cause of the cough can be determined and treated ...Read more

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What should be immediately done when saliva enters the wind pipe and a person is experiencing choking?

What should be immediately done when saliva enters the wind pipe and a person is experiencing choking?

Nothing: If the person is coughing, just let the person cough. He/she will be able to clear the saliva from the windpipe. If it is only saliva, the person will eventually clear the windpipe. If the person is really choking, saliva will not be the culprit. There may be something lodged in the windpipe. In such a circumstance, the heimlich maneuver should be done. ...Read more

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What is the diagnosis for continuously waking up and choking on my own saliva and barf?

What is the diagnosis for continuously waking up and choking on my own saliva and barf?

Diagnosis: You did not mention when this problem began or whether you recently started taking any new medications or whether you have any allergies etc. As all these factors and more may be of a concern. I urge you to visit you primary physician as soon as you are able. ...Read more

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Had a tonsillectomy today and I keep waking up choking on my own saliva. Help?

Had a tonsillectomy today and I keep waking up choking on my own saliva. Help?

Call Surgeon: You home care instructions/discharge instructions should include an after hours telephone number to call for these problems. If you don't have a number, call the hospital or surgery center where your surgery was done and ask to speak with a nurse. ...Read more

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I wake up now and then choking on saliva and can then have a watery mouth all day. Y is this?

I wake up now and then choking on saliva and can then have a watery mouth all day. Y is this?

Check Parotids: Most common cause is oversecretion of saliva by the parotid glands in your mouth-cheek. Certain tests may help to find the cause. You may also have just difficulty of swalowing your normal saliva. You need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Mouth full of saliva and affecting my speech due to a new plate so much so that I can't speak without sounding muffled and constantly choking. Help?

See dentist: There will be an increase in the amount of salavia produced with a new denture. You may have more drooling than ususual and it can take some time to learn to speak properly again. Be patient and keep trying to wear the denture. It is not easy for some people to get used to a denture. That being said please call your dentist about your problems and schedule an appointment for adjustment. ...Read more

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My daughter has excessive saliva which she's either swallowing, choking on or drooling. Am especially concerned about the choking at night. What to do?

My daughter has excessive saliva which she's either swallowing, choking on or drooling. Am especially concerned about the choking at night. What to do?

Babies Drool: All babies drool try not to get too anxious about that. The drool can be messy and lead to local rashes under the neck if not wiped away regularly, but rest assured, this will get better as she gets older. The choking is an issue. Don't lay her down with her bottle. Make sure that after feeding you keep her head elevated for at least 30 minutes (if she's asleep let her cheek rest on your shoulder - ...Read more

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Past couple months I woke up choking and couldn't breath. During the day I have to force my throat to swallow saliva on and offbut not drinks or food?

Past couple months I woke up choking and couldn't breath. During the day I have to force my throat to swallow saliva on and offbut not drinks or food?

Time to see the Dr.: Such symptoms are possibly due to achalasia (or other causes). One can see her primary care doctor, who can refer to a gastroenterology doctor if needed. Achalasia is when the lower end of the esophagus is too tight, and swallowed liquids and foods have a hard time getting into the stomach, and thus remain in the esophagus and flow back into the throat when a person lies down or bends over. ...Read more

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I feel like I'm choking on my saliva it feels like its dripping in the back of my throat. When it happens my mouth gets dry but I still feel the drip?

Postnasal drip: You probably have postnasal drip or drainage. Typically as result from sinus allergy or inflammation. Make sure that you see a doctor for full evaluation. ...Read more

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I have torso and leg stiffness, resting tremor, diaphragm spasms restricting breathing, hoarse, saliva buildup in throat causing choking, fatigue?

I have torso and leg stiffness, resting tremor, diaphragm spasms restricting breathing, hoarse, saliva buildup in throat causing choking, fatigue?

GitOnYerHoarseAndGo!: With them kinda symptoms, m'am, you need ta git on yer horse (hoarse?) and make it to the nearest doc in town. With that chokin' and all kinda nerve stuff you really should see someone sooner than later. It wouldn't be too fruitful to hypothesize in this little 400-character box. ...Read more

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Chronic cough, night sweats, choking on saliva since Dec. No fever, fatigue, sore throat, or allergies. Xrays, blood work clear in Jan. Ideas? Thanks

Weight loss?: If you have not lost weight, it is not an emergent issue and not likely to be serious. However, it would be prudent to consult a pulmonologist- lung doctor for an evaluation.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am okay to sleep after a choking spell?

How to tell if I am okay to sleep after a choking spell?

Sleep: Dear elleni4,

choking spell is concerning and you should rule out local ent, cardiac causes, sleep study, to rule out medical, ENT and anxiety causes. ...Read more

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Is choking in my sleep from acid reflux common?

Is choking in my sleep from acid reflux common?

Nocturnal GERD: This phenomenon is not uncommon but can portend severe consequences. You probably need a 24 hr ph study and maybe in association with esophageal manometry. You may need a scope. Please see you primary for a referral. ...Read more

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If I ever wake up at night choking, does this mean I have sleep apnea?

If I ever wake up at night choking, does this mean I have sleep apnea?

Possibly: If the choking is associated with gasping for air, then it is more likely. Do you have excessive daytime sleepiness of anyone who complains of your snoring. If you are worried you should consult with a sleep physician. ...Read more

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Sleep vomiting and choking, is it serious? Ithas happened about 12 times in the past three years. It started after I had my children.

Sleep vomiting and choking, is it serious? Ithas happened about 12 times in the past three years. It started after I had my children.

GERD: You can modify the diet, sleep on two + pillows, thicken feeds, avoid those foods that make you burp, take antacids even ppis or h2 blockers and/or see a GI specialist to r/o gastro-esophageal reflux disease (gerd)

p.S. How's your weight, post pregnancy? ...Read more

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I have been giving my 6 month old 1/2mg loritadine bid x 4.5 days now, and still very congested and can't sleep without choking. Keep going?

I have been giving my 6 month old 1/2mg loritadine bid x 4.5 days now, and still very congested and can't sleep without choking. Keep going?

Doctor to evaluate: An infant who has "choking" symptoms needs a doctor's evaluation. Loratadine (Claritin) is an over-the-conter allergy medication and is approved for older kids, which means using it in infants may or may not have the desired effects (should be working closely with one's doctor). So, keep going... to the doctor's office, but not necessarily with the loratadine. ...Read more

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Woke up choking on acid and food some went into lungs was burning I think I coughed it all up what do I need to do now I feel ok other than 2hrs sleep?

Woke up choking on acid and food some went into lungs was burning I think I coughed it all up what do I need to do now I feel ok other than 2hrs sleep?

Be seen: It is not normal to choke on stomach acid and aspirate food. Aspirating food can cause infection and other lung disease. See your doctor now for further management. All the best. ...Read more

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Hi doctor I was wondering can you die from sleep paraylisis because I felt like choking?

Hi doctor I was wondering can you die from sleep paraylisis because I felt like choking?

It sounds: Like you are describing classic SLEEP APNEA which in some people is described as "choking" or "PARALYSIS"! I assume you are not a heavy drinker or misuse sleep medications! I would tell your PCP about these spells!
VERY VERY Rarely and only in severe apnea cases cardiac arrest can occur....CHECK OUT THESE SYMPTOMS. They are real!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I quite often have a scary choking feeling when just about to nod off to sleep.?

GERD: You can modify the diet, sleep on two + pillows, thicken feeds, avoid those foods that make you burp, take antacids even ppis or h2 blockers and/or see a GI specialist to r/o gastro-esophageal reflux disease (gerd)

p.S. How's your weight, post pregnancy? ...Read more

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Can't sleep cause keep choking on mucus, keep swallowing but it keeps coming back. What can I do?

Can't sleep cause keep choking on mucus, keep swallowing but it keeps coming back. What can I do?

Mucus: Since miami is known as a mold heaven I would suggest that you may be allergic to molds. Seek help from an allergist. In the meantime you can do some environmental control by sleeping with the window closed, check your air conditioning system, get rid of flowers, etc. Take an antihistamine at night before bedtime and one in the morning if necessary. ...Read more

Saliva (Definition)

The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l ...Read more


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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more