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If I have food stuck down my windpipe will it dissolve or dissipate on its own?

If I have food stuck down my windpipe will it dissolve or dissipate on its own?

Unlikely: Water and small amounts of liquid may make you cough and clear.
Solids, will obstruct, cause spasm
and without removal may kill a person. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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If food or piece of gum go down your windpipe, would you cough immediately or can something go down with out you coughing at all?

If food or piece of gum go down your windpipe, would you cough immediately or can something go down with out you coughing at all?

Immediately: A normal person in a normal state of mind usually coughs up any food or gum in the windpipe immediately. A person who has some medical disability (unable to sense a piece of food there, or unable to cough effectively, etc.) might not cough it up, and end up choking or having pneumonia. A person abusing drugs or alcohol and not in a normal state of mind, may also end up choking or having pneumonia. ...Read more

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I got fluid and a little bit of food down my windpipe into my lungs. Could this develop into pneumonia?

I got fluid and a little bit of food down my windpipe into my lungs. Could this develop into pneumonia?

It's possible.: It is certainly possible that you could develop pneumonia from aspiration of solid and liquid material. Try to cough out as much of it as you can. If you do start coughing up phlegm, running fevers, or becoming short of breath, see your doctor immediately. Good luck. ...Read more

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Where do small pieces of food stuck in the windpipe go?

Where do small pieces of food stuck in the windpipe go?

Few options: When coughed out either out of body or swallowed. If aspirated end up in trachea or bronchus and may cause serious complications like pneumonia, lung abcess, respiratory distress and possible asfixia, death. ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting food caught in my windpipe?

Why do I keep getting food caught in my windpipe?

See a doctor soon: The reasons for food sticking in your throat (dysphagia) can be related to cancer, reflux, strictures, motor disorders, neurologic disorders to name a few. You need to be seenby your doctor and an appropriate history and physical need to be done. ...Read more

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How's food prevented from entering the windpipe?

The epiglottis: This covers the windpipe during swallowing. The effect is to direct food into the esophagus and to avoid aspiration into the lungs. ...Read more

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I have silent reflux im having a hard time swallowing all the food keeps comming up feels like somethings always stick im my windpipe?

I have silent reflux im having a hard time swallowing all the food keeps comming up feels like somethings always stick im my windpipe?

See a doc: It sounds like a bad case of reflux esophagitis. Untreated one could lead to dysphasia or difficulty to swallow like what you are experiencing. Long term complications of untreated esophagitis can lead to cancer of the eating tube. An gastroenterologist is the one that could help you. ...Read more

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After eating bloating a lot + as if food stuck in windpipe small pressure relieved with bloating + I'm not feeling full after eating. Usually I do?

After eating bloating a lot + as if food stuck in windpipe small pressure relieved with bloating + I'm not feeling full after eating. Usually I do?

See a GI MD: You should be seen by a gastroenterologist to make sure your esophagus is OK. There are many reasons for these symptoms including anxiety but you should see a GI doctor to make sure esophagus is OK. I would try a medication like prevacid (lansoprazole) while waiting to get into see one. ...Read more

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Why do people choke when drinks go down the wrong windpipe?

It's a reflex: To protect the trachea from being blocked (which would lead to death) or the lungs from developing an infection. ...Read more

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What type of sickness is drainage down your windpipe you have to clear every few seconds?

Post nasal drip: You might have chronic sinus infections causing excessive secretions which can be accidentally aspirated into your airway. ...Read more

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While I'm awake, in the day, I feel saliva go down my windpipe and I choke on it so severely that I cant breathe. Sometimes I need my inhaler. Thoughts?

While I'm awake, in the day, I feel saliva go down my windpipe and I choke on it so severely that I cant breathe. Sometimes I need my inhaler. Thoughts?

Maybe LPR...: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. Impedance pH testing with a symptom diary can best characterize this. ...Read more

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Pain down right side of windpipe that gets worse as day goes on. No sore throat but feel pain if swallow when head is turned to left what could cause?

Pain down right side of windpipe that gets worse as day goes on. No sore throat but feel pain if swallow when head is turned to left what could cause?

Pharyngitis: Still most likely an early sore throat with some swollen lymph nodes--that is why it is more sore when you turn to one side. Try taking Aspirin or aleve, (naproxen) fluids, gargle with warm salt water etc... If it gets worse and you develop fever, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a very small (It's not visible, you have to push down a bit to feel it) lump on the left side of my windpipe below my adams apple. Causes?

Lymph node: This could be a lymph node. Usually lymph nodes become big due to infection and inflammation. If it remains or enlarges, please see a doctor. There are other causes also. Possibly this is a skin "furuncle " which is an infection of the hair follicle/root. Consult a physician if it doesn't go away or enlarges. ...Read more

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I accidentally swallowed water down my windpipe into my lungs. Is swallowing a little water okay?

I accidentally swallowed water down my windpipe into my lungs. Is swallowing a little water okay?

Yes: Water is pretty harmless if aspirated into the lungs; there is no danger of chemical burn or pneumonia is. You might choke and have a congested feeling in your throats for a while, but that should be all if the water was clean ...Read more

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2 yo lips turned blue 2x. Once when tickling. Once holding upside down and windpipe got blocked 10 sec. Back to normal rt away. Has 3 innocent murmurs. Ekg/echo normal. Been to peds cardio 2x. Worry?

2 yo lips turned blue 2x. Once when tickling. Once holding upside down and windpipe got blocked 10 sec. Back to normal rt away. Has 3 innocent murmurs. Ekg/echo normal. Been to peds cardio 2x. Worry?

No: Peri-oral cyanosis (blue around the mouth and lips) is actually not all that uncommon in infants and toddlers. Same thing with blue hands and feet. Their vasculature (blood vessels) are so much more reactive than are old stiff ones as adults. So a little breath holding with tickling, a 10 second obstruction - these things can easily cause a little cyanosis. Had normal echo, totally reassuring! ...Read more

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Some water went down my windpipe and am coughing. Afraid of secondary drowning but I can breathe ok now. Will my asthma inhaler help if im still wheezing after awhile? Also getting a headache that doesn't mean water is on my brain does it?

Some water went down my windpipe and am coughing. Afraid of secondary drowning but I can breathe ok now. Will my asthma inhaler help if im still wheezing after awhile? Also getting a headache that doesn't mean water is on my brain does it?

Water in trachea: The water in your wind pipe (trachea) will not drown you but will cause coughing at the time amid could transiently aggravate your asthma so the use of your inhaler in this setting would be helpful. The headache does not mean water on the brain. The headache is likely from the coughing and will pass. You will be ok.
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Pain coming from windpipe area?

Can be foreign body.: This might be many things. It can be just irritation, or it can be from an injury to the chest/ribs, etc. It might be pneumonia but there would be fever, etc. Another possibility is that it could be a foreign body that was accidently swallowed and is stuck somewhere in the lungs/windpipe. If this has been going on for a while, you should see your doctor for an xray to be sure nothing is there. ...Read more

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What does crushed windpipe look like?

Trauma?: The windpipe, or trachea, is composed on cartilage on the front and sides. The back is composed of a membrane. It is possible to "crush" the trachea as a result from direct trauma. This is a dire emergency because it can lead to airway obstruction. If you are concerned about any airway injury, please seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Odds of surviving a cut to the windpipe?

Odds of surviving a cut to the windpipe?

Very good: With prompt medical attention and avoidance of the nearby veins and arteries, it is survivable--just like a tracheostomy. ...Read more

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Why does my windpipe hurt after jogging far?

Why does my windpipe hurt after jogging far?

Likely exertion.: Jogging far is a considerable amount of exercise. It might put strain on muscles, your heart, and your lungs. Your windpipe may hurt because your body is trying to get more oxygen into it than when you are resting, even when done jogging. This is to be expected, but if you get difficulty breathing while jogging, see your doctor to test your heart as this may be a sign of heart disease. ...Read more

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How can I get a pill out of my windpipe? Gagging

How can I get a pill out of my windpipe? Gagging

Cough: If fails heimlich maneuver. If fails go to emergency room. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: windpipe?

What is the definition or description of: windpipe?

Windpipe: The windpipe or trachea is the structure that carries air from your nose and mouth to your lungs. It is located below your vocal cords. ...Read more

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What should u do if someone has a crushed windpipe?

What should u do if someone has a crushed windpipe?

911: Absolute medical emergency...Call 911. Nothing you can do at home is safe or effective, and may do harm. ...Read more

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What can be done for someone with a broken windpipe?

Surgery: I hate to sound cynical here. Fix it surgically stat (emergency tracheostomy e.g.) or go to autopsy. ...Read more

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What to do when a pill gets caught in your windpipe?

Bronchoscopy: It the pill is in the trachea and you haven't coughed it out, then bronchoscopic removal is warranted. ...Read more

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The windpipe or trachea is the structure that carries air from your nose and mouth to your lungs. It is located ...Read more