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Doctor insights on: How Long Does Choking Associated With Aspirated Foreign Body Last

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Can you have inhaled foreign body without having symptoms of choking?

Can you have inhaled foreign body without having symptoms of  choking?

Yes - smaller FB: Smaller foreign bodies can sometimes be aspirated (especially by children) with minimal symptoms at the time of aspiration - like a brief coughing fit while eating. I've personally seen cases in children with aspiration of peanut fragments, watermelon seeds etc. Which were causing chronic cough & wheezing but no choking episode was recollected by parents. These were diagnosed on bronchoscopy. ...Read more

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Inhaled Foreign Body (Definition)

Aspirated foreign body is a term for the inhalation of an object which becomes trapped in the respiratory tract, and may cause choking or may stop a ...Read more


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What is the emergency first aid measure to take in case of a person choking with a foreign body?

What is the emergency first aid measure to take in case of a person choking with a foreign body?

Heimlich maneuver: Is the person's airway actually obstructed? If he is coughing or talking, he may fix himself without assistance. By trying to help him you may actually do more harm than good. But if he is choking and cannot breathe because of a foreign body, the heimlich maneuver is what is used. See this link for detailed instructions on adults, infants, and oneself: http://heimlichinstitute.Com/page.Php?Id=34. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for inhaled foreign body?

What is the treatment for inhaled foreign body?

Depends: It depends on the shape size and characteristics of the foreign body. We try to retrieve it with a procedure called bronchoscopy where we can reach down and grasp it. ...Read more

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Dementia pt aspirated. If he drinks water he chokes. Why is this happening? Is the choking related to the dementia or a physical organ problem?

Dementia pt aspirated.  If he drinks water he chokes.  Why is this happening?  Is the choking related to the dementia or a physical organ problem?

In order to speak...: humans evolved unusual throat anatomy: The entrance to our windpipe is much closer to our mouth. To keep food etc from getting into our lungs, a muscular flap closes over it when we swallow. Deglutition is a very complex, highly coordinated reflexive muscular process. In dementia, control of this crucial motor task is often impaired. We use our brains to do more than just think. ...Read more

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How long does bad breath associated with nasal foreign body last?

How long does bad breath associated with nasal foreign body last?

Very short-lived : It should not last very long after removal, unless you've developed a sinus infection from it. Try a neti-pot or sinus rinses twice a day for 3 days, if not gone by then go see a nose and sinus specialist. ...Read more

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Drank water last night and the last gulp felt like it went down wrong pipe and I started choking/coughing. Could I have woke up with water in lungs?

Drank water last night and the last gulp felt like it went down wrong pipe and I started choking/coughing. Could I have woke up with water in lungs?

Yes.: But no worries it's just water and should be able to cough it up. When anything but air gets into the lung it's called aspiration and a frequent problem with acid reflux and stroke patients and can lead to pneumonia or chemical destruction of the lung tissue. You should be fine. If cough remains persistent or you develop other symptoms go see your doctor. ...Read more

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If <2yo kids prohibited to eat jelly-like vitamin bcos of choking hazard, so as long as the kid already be able to eat it, is it fine though still <2?

If <2yo kids prohibited to eat jelly-like vitamin bcos of choking hazard, so as long as the kid already be able to eat it, is it fine though still <2?

Risk of choking: The ages are a bit arbitrary. Each child is a little different developmentally. That being said, why would you want to give gummy vitamins to a child under the recommended age? Why would you take that risk? Is it worth the benefit? There are liquid infant vitamins that can be given safely. Just because the child can eat one doesn't mean you want to have her avoid choking every day. ...Read more

Foreign Body (Definition)

Something foreign means it is not supposed to be there and has been somehow come to be there, in ...Read more