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Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs
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Choking (Overview)

Chocking is when something is obstructing the airway often the trachea. This is an emergency. Someone chocking with complete obstruction cannot speak. They will often grab at their throats. The heimlich maneuver is the famous technique taught in bls courses to try to relieve the obstruction.


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What causes choking on liquids and wheezing?

Aspiration: You could have severe reflux disease (reflux of stomach acid into the lungs) which can make it difficult to swallow and cause wheezing. You may also have a stricture of the esophagus (a narrowing). Both of these diseases can be evaluated with a barium swallow study. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs
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Choking (Overview)

Chocking is when something is obstructing the airway often the trachea. This is an emergency. Someone chocking with complete obstruction cannot speak. They will often grab at their throats. The heimlich maneuver is the famous technique taught in bls courses to try to relieve the obstruction.


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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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What must I teach my child to do if he is choking alone?

See below: The ccd has a good web site, from which you can obtain recommended immunizations and schedules. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Ziffra
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I woke up choking and have a swollen & bleeding uvula. What causes this and any home treatments? Thanks.

I woke up choking and have a swollen & bleeding uvula. What causes this and any home treatments? Thanks.

2 possibilities: The are several possibilities. The first is that you could have uvulitis, an infection of the uvula similar to strep throat. For this you could need to be treated with an antibiotic. The second possibility is that the uvula may be getting injured from loud, vigorous snoring. If this continues to occur, then it my be necessary for you to be evaluated for sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Dr. Elise Sadoun
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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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How can I prevent choking in an infant I babysit?

How can I prevent choking in an infant I babysit?

See below: Safety. The environment must be safe. Make sure any small objects, toy parts, are not within in reach of a curious infant. The child should be under your observation at all times. And, you need to avoid foods that maybe choking hazards, nuts, hard candy, whole hot dogs, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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What is k-citrate tablets to accomplish for kidney stone patients? can't take it because the pill size (ext-release) is a choking hazard. Solution?

What is k-citrate tablets to accomplish for kidney stone patients?  can't take it because the pill size (ext-release) is a choking hazard.  Solution?

Here are some ...: Taking K-citrate serves supplying and elevating one of the important stone inhibitors - citrate, like drinking fluid containing citric acid in lemon as you last asked. Stone prevention is a constant chore requiring personal dedication to keep daily urine output always > 2500 cc + decrease oral consumption of red meat, dairy products, & salt less than the used-to-be under close pro-monitoring. ...Read more

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Should i avoid prednisone for asthma when allergies cause coughing fits, wheezing, mucus wakes me up choking? Asthma not responding well to inhalers.

Should i avoid prednisone for asthma when allergies cause coughing fits, wheezing, mucus wakes me up choking? Asthma not responding well to inhalers.

Asthma: Obviously your asthma is not well controlled. If you have not done so already, you should consult an allergist to control your allergies and asthma better. There are more options for severe asthmatic if the inhalers do not suffice to control the asthma. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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I choked on rice or a pea i feel fine what happens if it gets in you lungs I have a fear of choking on stuff i choked many times on food?

I choked on rice or a pea i feel fine what happens if it gets in you lungs I have a fear of choking on stuff i choked many times on food?

Management: Particles of food can block airways, and I agree that eating and drinking slowly will help avoid choking. Other suggestions include not talking while eating. If this happens remain calm and drink some water. The lung has many defenses against food particles and there are cells which handle this problem. If you have a prolonged cough or fever, even weeks after the episode, please see your M.D. ...Read more

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