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Why would your throat just close up so you couldn't breathe? How common is this?

Why would your throat just close up so you couldn't breathe? How common is this?

Allergy: This event occurs mostly due to acute allergic swelling or severe asthma. This is not very common but some are susceptible and are advised to carry with them Adrenalin shots to counteract this frightening occurrence. It can also occur with throat swelling from certain focal infections - again not very common and usually with plenty of warning. ...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


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What would cause someone to suddenly not breathe? Or your throat to close up? How common is this?

What would cause someone to suddenly not breathe? Or your throat to close up? How common is this?

Not breathing: Not breathing is an emergency! Main causes are: allergy to food (anaphylaxis) or medication, heart attack, Asthma attack, trauma. All are emergencies. ...Read more

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Tickle in throat but can't even breathe anymore?

Tickle in throat but can't even breathe anymore?

Viral syndrome: It sounds as if you've contracted a viral syndrome. These are usually self-limiting but if your symptoms get worse, see your doctor. ...Read more

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My Throat is feeling like closing where it feels like doesn't have enough air to breath and am shaking?

My Throat is feeling like closing where it feels like doesn't have enough air to breath and am shaking?

Anxiety: If this is an intermittent problem and occurs together, it sounds like an anxiety reaction. See your doctor to make sure it is not due to allergies or other throat issue, and then be evaluated for possibility of anxiety treatment ...Read more

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I'm really burned in throat and gullet from reflux feels like I can't breath very well how can I relive it feel scared?

I'm really burned in throat and gullet from reflux feels like I can't breath very well how can I relive it feel scared?

GERD: Hi, if you have acid reflux you need to adjust your diet, avoiding Alcohol, greasy food, acidic food, spicy food, Chocolate, Caffein, and possibly Garlic. Also losing weight could help a lot, do not lie down 30 minutes after you had food, have a lighter supper, talk to your doctor about PPI meds or H2 blockers.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Does foul breath indicate throat problems?

Does foul breath indicate throat problems?

Not necesarily: If you already have a good oral hygiene routine, it could be dehydration make sure to drink plenty of water. Eating desserts at night before bed and not brushing your teeth can show up as bad breath in the morning. A whole list of medical conditions also cause bad breath, diabetes is the most common. ...Read more

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What could cause your throat to hurt when you breath?

What could cause your throat to hurt when you breath?

Mouth breathing: If you are continuously breathing through your mouth out of habit or because your nasal passages are blocked, you may dry out the back of the throat and this makes it sensitive. ...Read more

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Hi. I just want to ask why I felt like something stuck on my throat & sometimes hard for me to breath. Pls. Give some advice. Tnx?

Hi. I just want to ask why I felt like something stuck on my throat & sometimes hard for me to breath. Pls. Give some advice. Tnx?

Something in throat: It is unlikely that you have something stuck in your throat that is causing you difficulty breathing. The most common cause of this sensation is known as globus hystericus and is related to anxiety. Is there anything going on in your life over last 6 mos that may be causing you stress/fear? If it persists, though you want to make sure your thyroid is normal size and consider seeing an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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I have two bite shaped marks possibly from a spider its been 1 hour since I noticed the bites my throat feels like its closing but I can still breath?

I have two bite shaped marks possibly from a spider its been 1 hour since I noticed the bites my throat feels like its closing but I can still breath?

Get to a hospital: You may be having an allergic reaction and if your throat really IS closing, you could choke. This is more likely if you have any swelling, redness, itching, wheezing, but at any rate it is an emergency. ...Read more

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I keep swallowing my saliva every night as it keep building up, causing me to breathe rather fast than calmly and my throats makes a clicking noise.?

I keep swallowing my saliva every night as it keep building up, causing me to breathe rather fast than calmly and my throats makes a clicking noise.?

Allergy/reflux: Get checked by pmd. Allergy can cause your symptoms so also reflux. You can have anatomical variation causing it also. ...Read more

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My throat swells up when I eat and drink and I feel like I can't breath?

Throat swelling: This is not normal and you need to have it checked by your doctor or an orolaryngologist if it happens all the time without relation to a particular food. ...Read more

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I can't breathe because it feels like something is stuck in my throat. Am I just being nervous?

I can't breathe because it feels like something is stuck in my throat. Am I just being nervous?

Foreign body throat: If you are truly having breathing issues, get to an emergency room right away. If it was just a scratch and there is no longer anything stuck in your throat, it should just improve with time. If the symptoms seem to worsen though, see an ent. Anxiety can give you the sensation of tightness in your throat. ...Read more

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My baby is 15wks old & I noticed at 12wks his chest and lower throat dips in as he breathes, he isn't Ill or chesty at all is this normal?

My baby is 15wks old & I noticed at 12wks his chest and lower throat dips in as he breathes, he isn't Ill or chesty at all is this normal?

ENT consult: Is needed to determine the reason for this observation. He may not have chest problems but may have other upper airway structural differences leading to the retractions.
As he is not in any distress you can be reassured he is not in any danger but you should have an explanation for the phenomenon. ...Read more

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Suddenly I get this feeling in my throat like I can't breathe/ throat tightening its hard to explain it but only lasts 2 seconds then goes?

Suddenly I get this feeling in my throat like I can't breathe/ throat tightening its hard to explain it but only lasts 2 seconds then goes?

Vocal cord problem: You could have a condition called paradoxical vocal fold motion disorder which can cause your vocal cords to close when you breathe in instead of opening. This can cause a brief sensation of difficulty breathing and then the vocal cords open again. There are many other things that could be involved like laryngopharygeal reflux. Get an ENT evaluation with a video laryngoscopic exam and treatment. ...Read more

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Butterfly/anxious feeling my my chest/throat but I don't feel nervous or anxious- no other symptoms other than I feel need to deep breathe. What is thi?

Butterfly/anxious feeling my my chest/throat but I don't feel nervous or anxious- no other symptoms other than I feel need to deep breathe. What is thi?

Anxiety vs arrthymia: If it quacks like a duck... Its likely anxiety. Many people have trouble labeling their emotions and can have limited symptom panic attacks with just one or 2 symptoms of anxiety. Alternatively, you could be having some irregular heart beats which can produce this sx. Check with your primary care md. ...Read more

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Difficulty Breathing (Definition)

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