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What would cause somebody to suddenly start coughing and choking?

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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Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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What causes me when I eat black pepper or something cold I cough and feel like i'm choking !?

What causes me when I eat black pepper or something cold I cough  and feel like i'm choking !?

Irritation: Spices like pepper and hot chilis cause irritation which can make you sneeze and cough. I suspect you are having a mild case of layrngeospasm which the cold food. I am mildly concerned about this becuase if you had a severe reaction it could be serious. Perhaps an ENT doctor could help you figure this problem out. ...Read more

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I sometimes wake up because of choking feeling and I cough to return to normal. What is the cause of this?

I sometimes wake up because of choking feeling and I cough to return to normal. What is the cause of this?

Post nasal drip: This is most likely a post nasal drip. When youlie down all the mucous from your nose drains into your throat. When there is too much, it makes you choke on it to clear it. Try taking loratidine or certrizine before bed. ...Read more

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How likely is it for a bad cough (from choking) to cause a vein dissection of the neck? The cough left my arm with a dull pain as well. Bit worried.

How likely is it for a bad cough (from choking) to cause a vein dissection of the neck? The cough left my arm with a dull pain as well. Bit worried.

Unlikely: The veins usually don't undergo dissection but the arteries do. However it would be highly unlikely,if not impossible , for dissection to occur with hard coughing. But a few flecks of blood from broker capillaries in tge bronchial tree may be associated with heavy coughing. ...Read more

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Earlier today I started choking, trying to cough it up triggered an asthma attack now, hours later coughing causes terrible pain to shoot down my arms?

Needs an evaluation : It is common for asthma to be triggered by aspiration into the airway. A coughing spell may induce chest pain. However, if the pain is shooting down the left arm, more serious underlying causes such as the pain from heart needs to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Can enlarged adnoids cause stuffy nose in 3yo. Cough, draining. Choking at night due to drainage. ?

Can enlarged adnoids cause stuffy nose in 3yo. Cough, draining. Choking at night due to drainage. ?

Yes: Enlarged adenoids can definitely cause a chronic stuffy nose, along with sleep disturbances and apnea. If she suffers from hay fever as well, this can make the situation worse. I would take a short video of her sleeping with the choking to show her pediatrician. Please have her evaluated as soon as possible...She will feel so much better and well rested once this is addressed and taken care of! ...Read more

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I have difficult swallowing, choking sensation, and cough. Do you think Botox which was injected in my neck 3 months ago caused this?

I have difficult swallowing, choking sensation, and cough. Do you think Botox which was injected in my neck 3 months ago caused this?

No.: Good day, thank you for your question! The quick answer is most likely not if it was injected properly. Also Botox starts to fade in its effect after 3-4 months. All the Best! Dr. Tony Perkins. ...Read more

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What can cause pain under left rib pain in stomache through to back,already have a hiatus hernia and type 2 diabetes,chronic cough with choking?

What can cause pain under left rib pain in stomache through to back,already have a hiatus hernia and type 2 diabetes,chronic cough with choking?

? pulled muscle: You could have pain from a pulled peri coastal muscle from coughing. The pain could be from esophagitis from reflux. If it does not respond with tincture of time with antacids and nonsteroidals, you should see your physician. ...Read more