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Doctor insights on: I Swallowed A Cough Drop Down Windpipe

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Could it be bad if I swallowed a cough drop on accident?

Could it be bad if I swallowed a cough drop on accident?

No: It will be digested by the acid in your stomach. There is no harm to you. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I swallowed a whole cough drop accidentally two hours ago and now it feels like its stuck at top of throat. Drank lots of water and ate.

I swallowed a whole cough drop accidentally two hours ago and now it feels like its stuck at top of throat. Drank lots of water and ate.

Stuck sensation: Swallowing a cough drop should not be an issue. It has smooth edges and unlikely to get stuck, and will dissolve as you make saliva throughout the day. Drink fluids, and you will be alright! ...Read more

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Consumed cough drop during exercise. Postexercise swallowing food burns roof of mouth and esophagus as food travels through the areas. What is this?

Consumed cough drop during exercise. Postexercise swallowing food burns roof of mouth and esophagus as food travels through the areas. What is this?

Have LPR maybe?: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime, exercises. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Can try otc acid blocker for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, nexium). Eval if persistent ...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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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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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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Why do I get swallowing pains like someone punched me in the windpipe?

Why do I get swallowing pains like someone punched me in the windpipe?

Odynophagia: You'll need to see an ENT doctor for examination of your upper aerodigestive tract. Possible causes include glossopharyngeal neuralgia, acid reflux, infection from candida or bacteria, tumor. ...Read more

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Os it possible to have something stuck in your windpipe and feel it? I Feel It When I swallow

Os it possible to have something stuck in your windpipe and feel it? I Feel It When I swallow

It is possible. ..: If you swallowed something "down the wrong pipe" it is possible to get a foreign body trapped in the windpipe (trachea). You should seek help in regards to an in-person evaluation and if you are having any difficulty breathing or swallowing secretions then you should seek urgent medical attention to ensure the safety of your airway and/or food pipe (esophagus). ...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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If you swallow a pill and gets stuck in your windpipe, will it eventually dissolve?

See note: The more likely scenario that I have seen consulted on are cases of multiple pills got stuck in the cervical esophagus. They'll dissolve and pass over night. Without digestive enzymes, a pill in the windpipe will take a very long time to dissolve and pneumonia can set in. It should be removed surgically! ...Read more

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For 1 week I've had pain in my windpipe, it feels like there's something stuck I can't swallow and the pain gets worse when I try to swallow. Thank you?

For 1 week I've had pain in my windpipe, it feels like there's something stuck I can't swallow and the pain gets worse when I try to swallow. Thank you?

Food pipe?: If you feel something is stuck and you have pain swallowing, you may have a difficulty in your foodpipe. If you are unable to swallow solid food, you should see a doctor immediately. If you are able to swallow liquids and soft foods, you should see the doctor if it does not get better in a day or two. ...Read more

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I have pain right front side of my neck for a week hurts right side of my windpipe doesn't hurt to swallow just very painful to touch feels swollen?

I have pain right front side of my neck for a week hurts right side of my windpipe doesn't hurt to swallow just very painful to touch feels swollen?

Pain in throat ~: Hello ~ go and see your DOC asap because it sounds as if your thyroid is swollen and so it may be a thyroid mass/lump or you may have thyroiditis. See a doc please thanks ...Read more

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My windpipe feels uncomfortable and I have difficulty swallowing I don't seem to have any breathing difficulty it my whole throat that is uncomfortable?

My windpipe feels uncomfortable and I have difficulty swallowing I don't seem to have any breathing difficulty it my whole throat that is uncomfortable?

See a doctor: Airway/throat soreness could be an early sign of some type of infection. It would be a good idea to get to a doctor to evaluate what is happening to you, so that they can recommend an appropriate treatment (if needed) to reduce any potential problem. ...Read more

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Dry cough for 2 days. This morning woke up with fever and worse cough. It's dry, slightly hacking/barky and hurts in my windpipe. What could it be?

Dry cough for 2 days. This morning woke up with fever and worse cough. It's dry, slightly hacking/barky and hurts in my windpipe. What could it be?

URTI: Your symptoms suggest a upper resp tract infection. Viral. You may have laryngitis and some inflammation in your wind pipe. Given that would suggest seeing an MD. Other symptoms are ok with home remedy but not tracheal issues. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Asthmatic since birth. When I cough, I'm afraid I'm damaging windpipe. Is that possible? Lots of years of resp. Infections. Is this how you get COPD?

Asthmatic since birth. When I cough, I'm afraid I'm damaging windpipe. Is that possible? Lots of years of resp. Infections. Is this how you get COPD?

See allergist: It is unusual for the cough to damage the windpipe although some microhemorrhage may occur with violent coughing. You should consider consulting an allergist to get your asthma better managed. And yes some people suffering from asthma may end up with COPD even in the absence of smoking- this is called ACOS. ...Read more

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It feels like I inhaled a noodle and now it feels like there is a lump in my throat. No cough or breathing trouble. Could it be in my windpipe?

It feels like I inhaled a noodle and now it feels like there is a lump in my throat. No cough or breathing trouble. Could it be in my windpipe?

Doubtful: You will be choking and coughing if the noodle is in your windpipe. However if the lump sensation persists for more than 24 hours, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Coughed hard w a cough drop in mouth, it slid down throat, felt like I was going to choke. Then kept sliding. Any chance of aspiration or is it ok?

Coughed hard w a cough drop in mouth, it slid down throat, felt like I was going to choke. Then kept sliding. Any chance of aspiration or is it ok?

You should be fine: It doesn't seem like your symptoms worsened after it. Most likely it went down to your stomach rather than lungs. ...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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Can toddlers suck a ricola cough drop?

Can toddlers suck a ricola cough drop?

I wouldn't: Since the drop could block their airway and cause severe respiratory distress, I would not offer this product to a toddler. ...Read more

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Can you dry drown from getting swallowing water down the wrong way, even if you supposedly cough it back up?

Can you dry drown from getting swallowing water down the wrong way, even if you supposedly cough it back up?

No: The small amount of water will be absorbed into the body. No drowning will occur. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

Windpipe (Definition)

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