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Doctor insights on: How To Treat A Choking Saliva In The Throat

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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

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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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?

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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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 am being treated for strep throat with Azithromycin. I close my eyes to sleep I am awaken by choking or no air. What can I do to get some sleep?

I am being treated for strep throat with Azithromycin. I close my eyes to sleep I am awaken by choking or no air. What can I do to get some sleep?

May need to see doc: Sorry to hear this! Unfortunately, you will not sleep well until it passes. Make sure ou keep hydrated and take a mixture of Tylenol, an antihistamine and a decongestant. Sleep on your side or stomache if you can. See a doctor if the chocking is alarming you. ...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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Food stuck in throat but not choking what is it?

Food stuck in throat but not choking what is it?

Zenker: Zenker diverticulum might fit the description. Other possibilities also exist, it requires examination. Ask your dr, get better soon. ...Read more

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Help! Could something be lodged in your throat without choking?

Help! Could something be lodged in your throat without choking?

That can occur but: Most often a person coughs vigorously. When there is an area of irritation it can feel like something is caught in the throat. ...Read more

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Feeling disonfort in the chest choking in the throat?

Feeling disonfort in the chest choking in the throat?

Complicated: It is hard to figure out what is wrong without more information and an exam. It could be a heart problem or the pain could be from esophageal spasm. It's best to see someone in person to get a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What would cause copious amounts of mucus in the throat causing choking?

What would cause copious amounts of mucus in the throat causing choking?

Copious mucus: Allergic rhinitis, vasomotor rhinitis (non-allergic; triggered by things like cigarette smoke, diesel fumes, perfumes), chronic sinusitis are some causes of post-nasal drainage. Otc antihistamines like claritin/ zyrtec/benadryl, nasal saline spray, prescription nasal steroid sprays may help after good exam by doc to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Past 4 days now I feel like something is stuck in my throat. It is very uncomfortable and at times I feel like it's choking me. What could it be?

Can be many thing: An obstruction from a tonsil, lymphnode, thyroid, etc. It could be food getting stuck in am out pouching called a diverticulum, and so on. A visit to an ENT dr would be helpful and he could look with a fiberoptic scope. ...Read more

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I woke up feeling like I was going to be sick and I felt like I was choking. Felt like there was something stuck in my throat and I had to cough? Why?

I woke up feeling like I was going to be sick and I felt like I was choking. Felt like there was something stuck in my throat and I had to cough? Why?

Cough: Presuming that you are not sick sounds like you had silent acid reflux or LPR where some of the acid of the stomach comes into your throat. May also be esophageal spasm. often what you eat triggers it. Follow up with your gi ...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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Is there a device for getting something out of a childs throat when choking?

Is there a device for getting something out of a childs throat when choking?

No: Heimlich maneuver (for child over 1 year old) consisting of 5 abdominal thrusts; 5 back blows followed by 5 chest thrusts for infants until foreign body dislodges. Blind finger sweep is not recommended. ...Read more

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When I lie down on my back, it feels like something pressing on my throat, choking me. Feel front of throat, large hard knot. Ideas, cause?

See a doctor: Unclear by history, but depending on where the lump is, it may be an enlarged thyroid (if at bottom of neck). Could be any number of things, possibly concerning in light of size of mass and firmness, especially if you smoke. If your neck was fused, a pressure sensation in the throat is very common, and you could have some fibrosis / scarring (small price to pay for healthier spine). ...Read more

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I tried choking myself with a belt, and I didn't succeed, but I did succeed in getting a feeling of having the of something in my throat. Why?

See someone soon.: Probably has something to do with the belt. If you applied enough pressure you may have injured some of the structures in your neck. I am glad you reconsidered and would hope that you seek guidance and help from those around you. Religious leaders, primary care doc, parents, friends. ...Read more

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What can cause a choking feeling in my throat?

See below: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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I currently have a cold for 6 days now. When I eat I keep choking and can't taste anything. Why is that? Is my throat closing up?

See MD: Your symptom are unusual for a simple cold and needs to be evaluated. You need to be checked by a physician to make sure you donot have any other abnormality. ...Read more

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I think I have a piece of cereal in my throat. I mean I can breathe fine but it's annoying. Is there a choking hazard here? Or It'll go down Eventually

Yes, but low risk: There's always a choking risk with food stuck in the throat but most go down without problems. You can help it along by drinking plenty of fluids to wet your throat and encourage the stuck food to pass. The benefit of this approach is while you are swallowing the fluid, you will also swallow the cereal without aspirating (choking on) it. If you have any breathing problems go immediately to the ER. ...Read more

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I had several choking epis most at night and 1 ocured at day? I feel a lump in my throat and often must clear throat what are possible causes? I had tt

Probable reflux: The most common cause of choking out of sleep is reflux. With reflux the upper esophageal sphincter can tighten causing a sensation of a lump (globus) and the throat clearing is from acid irritation or the throat not clearing saliva and other secretions. Suggest no food/drink 3-4 hrs before sleep, sleep with head > 30deg, and avoid alcohol, fats, caffeine. If not better then antacids and see md. ...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


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more