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Can choking on a drink of water cause drowning?

No: Choking on water will not cause wet drowning. But possible to have dry drowning if you have difficultly swallowing and you air way closed on you because of a cup of water. ...Read more

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In June, I began choking or aspirating when I drink liquids. Happens at least once a day and often feels the wind is knocked out of me. Causes?

In June, I began choking or aspirating when I drink liquids. Happens at least once a day and often feels the wind is knocked out of me. Causes?

Everybody chokes: Occasionally when drinking liquids--"Oops, it went down the wrong pipe! " but a daily occurrence is a little too often. It suggests a problem with the laryngeal muscles or vocal cords. Make sure you aren't inhaling at the same time you are drinking. If it continues happening this frequently, a visit to an ENT specialist is in order. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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I was eating and got choked now when I try to eat or drink it instantly comes up and I feel like I'm choking. How do I fix this?

I was eating and got choked now when I try to eat or drink it instantly comes up and I feel like I'm choking. How do I fix this?

Go to ER: You can't. Particularly if choked recently, the issue is swelling, and concerning because it might get worse before better. Get looked at by dr asap to be safe. ...Read more

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Choking for no reason without eating or drinking. What should I do?

Choking for no reason without eating or drinking. What should I do?

See a doctor: You need some type of evaluation--there could be a lot of causes and without a more detailed history, exam and studies no one can give you the answer. ...Read more

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Last night while eating salmon I think I ingested a bone. It went down, no choking, am eating and drinking fine, no pain. Should I be worried?

Sounds OK!: If you’re not having any pain or symptoms now, there should be no problem from swallowing a fishbone last night

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Feels like mucus stuck inside throat which gets worse after drinking water or eating help? Whenever I drink fell like choking on mucus, I have to spit

Feels like mucus stuck inside throat which gets worse after drinking water or eating help? Whenever I drink fell like choking on mucus, I have to spit

Excessive mucous: Do you have allergies? There are medications that help reduce mucous production. You can see a board certifies otolaryngologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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My son was drinking pop today and started choking. He's 4. No need to worry about dry drowning correct?

My son was drinking pop today and started choking. He's 4. No need to worry about dry drowning correct?

No: You mean worry about aspiration, if he coughed it up and now breathing fine, no need to worry, if otherwise, having severe cough, changed colors, difficult breathing, please take him to ER or call EMS, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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My son took a drink of milk from a cup before bed, he made a choking noise twice. No coughing. I’m very worried about dry/secondary drowning?

My son took a drink of milk from a cup before bed, he made a choking noise twice. No coughing. I’m very worried about dry/secondary drowning?

No worries: Haven't seen or heard of that happening under these circumstances. Life can be unpredictable, but drowning under these circumstances would be near the bottom of life's long (really long) list of surprises. ...Read more

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Everytime I eat or drink something, I feel like choking and chest feel tight while breathing. Are these GERD symptons?

Everytime I eat or drink something, I feel like choking and chest feel tight while breathing. Are these GERD symptons?

Possibly: .... And can be a sign of atypical or an extra intestinal manifestation of gerd. However, given the nature of your symptoms, I would consult your physician just to make sure it is not something more serious. ...Read more

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Very bad cough, with mucus build up this morning upon awakening I coughed and had I found myself gasping for breath and straining to fetch the stuff up, noting came up. I had choking feeling, and got very nervous. I felt better after drinking lots of wat

The: The only situations I have heard of anyone choking from mucous is in an elderly person that lived alone and was not able to clear their airway by coughing, however this is very rare.
What medication are you allergic to? If you have a bronchitis or pneumonia you may need antibiotics, there are many to choose from if allergies are a concern. Drinking water will help thin the mucous secretions along with a daily anti-histamine. I suggest you go back to your doctor for alternative treatment options.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Solid food feels like it gets stuck in my throat. What could be causing this? I'm afraid to eat in fear of choking. I try to drink and it don't go do

Solid food feels like it gets stuck in my throat. What could be causing this? I'm afraid to eat in fear of choking. I try to drink and it don't go do

Restriction: Sometimes if there is narrowing of your esophagus this can cause the feeling of food getting stuck in your throat. There are also other conditions that can cause webs in the esophagus which in turn will cause this sensation. Recommend you see your doctor or a Gastroenterologist as soon s possible. More testing may need to be done to find out the cause. ...Read more

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This evening a family member saw my 2 yo putting his hands around his throat like he was choking. They ran him over to me he was fine smiling. He's eaing & drinking. Slight cough. Should I worry?

No.: Sounds like your toddler was simply being a toddler and held his throat for a moment - babies do not know the universal sign for choking, :)
if he is smiling, pink, breathing normally, eating/ drinking and wetting normally he sounds just fine. ...Read more

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Trouble swallowing after a near choking incident about a month ago, I have been having problems swallowing food/ not liquids, I can feel the food in the throat and it does'nt go down, if I drink too much fluid to try and wash it down, it may come up but I

Trouble swallowing after a near choking incident about a month ago, I have been having problems swallowing food/ not liquids, I can feel the food in the throat and it does'nt go down, if I drink too much fluid to try and wash it down, it may come up but I

See ENT specialist: The swallowing issues as well as the earlier choking episode needs investigation. Acid reflux into your throat (lpr) can irritate the delicate membranes in and around the voice box. This irritation can include swelling that can affect your swallowing. See an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Middle of night severe dry throat;if swallow before drinking water feels like choking; drank water and this time felt like choke/tight despite h20?

Choking: Try warm water or warm tea instead. No iced fluids. Could be upper esophageal sphincter spasm caused by reflux. If persists, see ENT for evaluation and swallowing study ...Read more

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Gurgling in throat be only symptoms object stuck in throat of 2 yo? He eat/drink ok. Cough in a.M. X 2 wk. Sis thought he choking 3/31. No distress except hands on throat. Dr sug x-ray. Think it's extreme.

Gurgling in throat be only symptoms object stuck in throat of 2 yo? He eat/drink ok. Cough in a.M. X 2 wk. Sis thought he choking 3/31. No distress except hands on throat. Dr sug x-ray. Think it's extreme.

No....: You need to verify there is no foreign body in this childs throat, who two weeks ago had no symptoms, and now he has gurgling and morning cough. Trust your doctor, and follow through. Good luck. ...Read more

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Whenever my 7 week old baby drinks her milk fast she coughs, is it bc she chokes? Is it something to worry or it happens? Does reflux causes choking?

Whenever my 7 week old baby drinks her milk fast she coughs, is it bc she chokes? Is it something to worry or it happens? Does reflux causes choking?

Yes it can: But if too much milk comes out of the bottle. Also it can cause baby to choke
make sure the nipple hole is not too large
try to keep the head upright while feeding and burp after each ounce ...Read more

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Why does my 4 month old baby start choking even when he/she is not eating?

Why does my 4 month old baby start choking even when he/she is not eating?

GERD: The symptoms of reflux do not have to be in sync with timings of food intake. Babies can present with simple spitting to choking to wheezing. ...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 than other mammals'. 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 motor reflex. 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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I ve had a choking sensation most days the past week with a gravely voice. Dr said my airway is open and my larynx and vocal cordes were not swollen. He thought it was acid reflux so I ve been taking the medication he prescribed, not eating 2 hrs before be

I ve had a choking sensation most days the past week with a gravely voice. Dr said my airway is open and my larynx and vocal cordes were not swollen. He thought it was acid reflux so I ve been taking the medication he prescribed, not eating 2 hrs before be

Acid reflux vs drip: Reflux and post-nasal drainage can both cause symptoms like you mention. It can take quite a while for the drainage due to reflux to improve: up to three months in some cases. Mucinex (guaifenesin) can also help the gravelly voice: you can take up to 1200 mg twice a day. It helps by thinning the secretions and making them seem like saliva. We swallow lots of that each day anyway ...Read more

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Having a hard time swallowing anything but water, choking sensation, dry mouth. Not strep, tested for that today. Really tired from not eating for 5da?

Having a hard time swallowing anything but water, choking sensation, dry mouth. Not strep, tested for that today. Really tired from not eating for 5da?

Likely viral: If you have a sore throat that is not strep than it is most likely viral which can be just as painful as strep. If it is viral you have to let it run its course. You can use meds like advil (ibuprofen) for the pain but will not speed up the healing process. Staying hydrated is the first priority and you may need to drink smoothies to get calories in. Steroids can be used if airway is compromised. ...Read more

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After 22hrs of not eating, I keep feeling this choking sensation in my throat and my ears feel heavy. What is this?

Time to see Dr: It 'might' be tonsil or uvula enlargement, but cannot say via internet, and is a serious issue, so should be seen, likely at an urgent care as is holiday weekend, to be sure do not need sent to er or inpatient for care. ...Read more

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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

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Can choking cause chest pain and headache the next day. Had feeling all day and also feel like heartburn and stomach fullness when I drink water?

Can choking cause chest pain and headache the next day. Had feeling all day and also feel like heartburn and stomach fullness when I drink water?

Choking: If the choking episode was severe, yes can have other symptoms like headache, chest discomfort the next day. But should resolve in a few days. If they persist, please see healthcare provider. Hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the causes of you to wake up choking and can't get your breath.?

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea (stopping breathing in sleep) is a common condition which can cause this, and can be quite dangerous. Other symptoms include snoring and daytime sleepiness/fatigue. Gastro-esophageal reflux can also cause this, as can panic attacks in sleep. ...Read more

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Last night I started coughing and I ended up choking and couldn't breathe. This has happened a few times. What causes this?

Laryngospasm: Severe coughing can lead to laryngospasm when the vocal cords are shut together hence inability to breath and wheezing. It is temporary but is very frightening to the patient! ...Read more

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What causes choking in my sleep and then throwin gup?

Most likely GERD: Gastroesophageal reflux disease meets this description, but you should see a gastroenterologist for further testing to determine this for sure, as other causes are possible. ...Read more

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What causes choking on liquids and wheezing?

Aspiration: You could have severe reflux disease (reflux of stomach acid into the lungs) which can make it difficult to swallow and cause wheezing. You may also have a stricture of the esophagus (a narrowing). Both of these diseases can be evaluated with a barium swallow study. ...Read more

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What causes choking?

Choking: Choking occurs when a piece of food, an object, or a liquid becomes lodged thus causing a blockage (obstruction) in the airway (called the windpipe or trachea. ...Read more

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What could cause a person to wake up choking?

Reflux: People with reflux disease wake up when their stomach contents reflux into their throats and from their into their airways. ...Read more

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What would cause somebody to suddenly start coughing and choking?

Aspiration: Coughing and chocking occurs when foreign material enters the airway. People with impaired gag reflex are espcially prone to aspirate. Decreased consciousness as in alcohol intoxication, stroke patients, anesthetized patients, drug overdose can result in decreased or absent gag reflex decrease cough and leading to choking and aspiration. The airway must be clearedto prevent asphyxiation. ...Read more

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Could choking someone cause their trachea to collapse?

Could choking someone cause their trachea to collapse?

Not likely: The trachea is a rigid cartilage pipe. You should never choke anyone as it can kill! ...Read more

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Can thrush cause choking?

Can thrush cause choking?

Not really: Some people experience pain in the mouth with thrush. Some have no symptoms. It depends on how much thrush you have. Go see your doctor if you have thrush. It will not go away by itself. ...Read more

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Can Benazepril cause a choking cough?

Can Benazepril cause a choking cough?

Yes: You'll have to stop it if the cough started after starting benazepril. ...Read more

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What could cause a choking sensation from anxiety?

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What could cause a choking sensation from anxiety?

Choking in anxiety: During an attack, adrenaline levels are up, affecting respirations 7 bronchial tree. ...Read more