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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

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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Why does breathing through the mouth dry the windpipe and cause dry sore throat?

Why does breathing through the mouth dry the windpipe and cause dry sore throat?

Nose humidifies more: Your respiratory system is designed with a natural humidifying organ, your nose. When you do not breathe through it, the air bypasses its humidifier and reaches the throat and lungs still dry. When you do breathe through your nose, the air is 100% humidified by the time it reaches those places. Your nasal membranes secrete about a quart of fluid a day, much of it water vapor reabsorbed in the lung. ...Read more

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How come breathing through the mouth dry the windpipe and cause sore throat, but not through the nose?

How come breathing through the mouth dry the windpipe and cause sore throat, but not through the nose?

Hair Cells: When air is filters though the nose there are hair cells and mucous cells which help to clean ands sort of humidify the air. This is usually worse in winter when the heat comes on and the air lacks humidity drying out the mucous membranes. ...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 people choke when drinks go down the wrong windpipe?

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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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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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

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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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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 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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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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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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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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I feel an uncomfortable beating in my windpipe. What could be wrong?

See A doctor: Need to see your doctor could have a simple mucus plug, or a blood vessel that is enlarged pulsating or even a tumor. You will need to be evaluated by xray and probable endoscopy. ...Read more

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Can balloon get stuck in a child's windpipe?

Can balloon get stuck in a child's windpipe?

Absolutely!: Childrren like to bite on balloons and suck on them and inhale a piece of balloon which can block their airway and become a life threatening situation. Be careful with balloons and young children. ...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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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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Can choking on sun flower seed shells cause scaring in the trachea or any area of the windpipe?

PCP: If the shells are lodged in the wind pipe this would be associated with respiratory difficulty. It is more likely that there is irritation in your throat or esophagus. If there is any continued problem, please check with your PCP. ...Read more

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I inhaled a little something when I was eating sunflower seeds, not a whole shell but something small. Could this cut my windpipe and cause scaring?

I inhaled a little something when I was eating sunflower seeds, not a whole shell but something small. Could this cut my windpipe and cause scaring?

No: If you scratched your esophagus or trachea this will be a nagging pain that should go away with time, several days to a week. This should not cause serious damage but if pain persists after a week go see a doctor for a look ...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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Windpipe and throat hurts outside/ why?

Windpipe and throat hurts outside/ why?

Need evaluation: You may have inflammation of the thyroid glad that is causing these symptoms. You need to be examined by a physician and may need lab tests to diagnose the issue. ...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


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