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Trouble swallowing feels like a hair ball and choking. What could be wrong?

Trouble swallowing feels like a hair ball and choking. What could be wrong?

See details: It may be gerd (esophageal reflux). Speak with your doctor or try an over-the-counter med such as Prilosec or prevacid (lansoprazole). ...Read more

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If I turn my head to the right and swallow hard I feel a quick sharp nerve pain down the side of my neck.

If I turn my head to the right and swallow hard I feel a quick sharp nerve pain down the side of my neck.

Yes, TheJigIsNatural: Well, that makes sense. If I put any area of my body into a rather un-natural position to then perform a natural function, I'm bound to feel something weird. Like if I touched my left foot to my right ear and then try to dance the jig. Especially in the neck. Lots of nerves and little muscles that need coordination to accomplish a swallow. So, unless you are watching a tennis match, just eat normally ...Read more

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My baby fell down the bed on his head. And a small swallow appeared on his head. But he didn't sleep or vomit. Is it dangerous? What should I do plz help

My baby fell down the bed on his head. And a small swallow appeared on his head. But he didn't sleep or vomit. Is it dangerous? What should I do plz help

Fall in child: The criteria to look for is what type of floor, tile/ marble-stone, or carpet, how far was the fall 6 inches or > 30 inches, how old is child. How is child behaving normal or sleepy. Was there loss of consciousness- even for a second? I am not sure what "swallow" is, if a depression in the skull definitely check it out. I recommend checking out the child in ER/urgent care to be sure ...Read more

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I have neck pain down right side of neck when I tilt my head to the left and pain bottom right side of neck when I turn head to the right and swallow?

I have neck pain down right side of neck when I tilt my head to the left and pain bottom right side of neck when I turn head to the right and swallow?

Many strap muscles: First, if this has been going on for a while, it needs to be looked at by your doctor.
Do a google search of neck muscle anatomy (look for photos) and try to figure out which of the strap muscles is in the location of your pain. There are several layers of muscles so you may need to study a few different diagrams. See if palpating and stretching a specific muscle helps or aggravates your pain. ...Read more

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Feel like there's a knot in my throat. Somewhat diff. To swallow. Feels funny when I turn my head or point it downward. Pressure what is this? How fix?

Feel like there's a knot in my throat. Somewhat diff. To swallow. Feels funny when I turn my head or point it downward. Pressure what is this? How fix?

Globus: One of the more common problems that cause these symptoms is reflux that is getting to the voice box, called laryngopharyngeal reflux, also known as silent reflux. Oftentimes, patients will have hoarseness of the voice, too. Usually, you won't have heartburn. Best treatment is a proton pump inhibitor, like omeprazole, but at a slightly higher dose than you would treat gerd. ...Read more

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My throat has been bothering me the past days, like it kinda hurts to swallow also if I just press my head down towards my chest I feel pain or pressu?

My throat has been bothering me the past days, like it kinda hurts to swallow also if I just press my head down towards my chest I feel pain or pressu?

Sore Throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have Strep Throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider Tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: Mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Can gargle with Aloe Vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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Always get bad headaches when I lie down -going on for 10 yrs. Also pain when I press on head. Worried it's a brain tumour. Ears click when I swallow.

Always get bad headaches when I lie down -going on for 10 yrs. Also pain when I press on head. Worried it's a brain tumour. Ears click when I swallow.

Remain Calm: If you have headaches, a brain MRI is always a good idea to look for something more severe than just headaches. Ask your doctor to consider this. ...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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23, smoking for 7mths. Whenever I swallow with my head down, right side of throat hurts. Pain feels lumpy/muscular. Possible throat cancer?

No: First of all, WHY are you swallowing with your head down?? Not a good practice and can lead to aspirating and coughing. Pain cannot feel lumpy or muscular so I really don't understand what you mean. Nobody can tell what you have without looking into your throat. It could be an infection, swollen glands or many things, but 7 months of smoking cannot cause cancer. See your doctor for exam/referral ...Read more

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Pain in my throat when I take a deep breath or swallow. Lower throat than sore throat pain is normally. No pain swallowing if I tilt my head down.

Pain in my throat when I take a deep breath or swallow. Lower throat than sore throat pain is normally. No pain swallowing if I tilt my head down.

Throat discomfort: Sounds like your discomfort is positional. Being that the neck is flexible, with the head tilted back, the throat narrows/compresses & can cause the symptoms. When in normal position, the throat opens back up and the symptoms resolve. If they happen in normal position & associated with fevers, nasal congestion, coughing, post-nasal drip, see your doc for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat & its hard to swallow. Now I have ear pain radiating down my neck & it hurts to turn my head. Ear infection?

I have a sore throat & its hard to swallow. Now I have ear pain radiating down my neck & it hurts to turn my head. Ear infection?

Sore throat or ear?: Could be an ear infection or a tonsillitis? pharyngitis. In a situation like this it is important to have it evaluated as quickly as possible as you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is swallowing hair harmful? What if you have that sensation?

Is swallowing hair harmful? What if you have that sensation?

Can be: If you have a compulsion to eat your hair you may have trichophagia which is essentially a compulsive behavioral disorder. If consumed alot you could develop a bezoar which is essentially a ball of hair that can obstruct your intestines or stomach. You may want to talk to your family doctor if this is the case. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous if toddler swallows long hairs?

Is it dangerous if toddler swallows long hairs?

Hair: Not unless they swallow massive which can form a bezoar (massive cluster if hair) which can cause a bowel obstruction. ...Read more

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Do you have to do anything if a child that swallows a spoonful of hair shampoo and/or conditioner?

Do you have to do anything if a child that swallows a spoonful of hair shampoo and/or conditioner?

No: Soap (shampoo) is not harmful (usually) if swallowed and particularly in such a small amount. But learn from this that children will try or taste just about anything and it is our responsibility to prevent this. Always be aware. ...Read more

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I just swallowed a hair rubber band and I'm really scared. I also unsuccessfully tried to cough and throw it up. Am I going to be okay?

I just swallowed a hair rubber band and I'm really scared. I also unsuccessfully tried to cough and throw it up. Am I going to be okay?

You will be fine: Take a deep breath and relax. If all you swallowed was a rubber band then your body will just pass it right through. Just think of it as a big piece of calamari. ...Read more

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My 5 month old baby swallowed a small piece of hair (my husband moustache) will it be a problem? What can I do? Am.already worried Pls help

My 5 month old baby swallowed a small piece of hair (my husband moustache) will it be a problem? What can I do? Am.already worried Pls help

Relax: This to shall pass. Prepare for other strange items. It seems babies/toddlers use their sense of taste as part of exploring their world. The main items I worry about are drugs/button batteries and small magnets. Keep these away from baby and life will be easier. ...Read more

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Been eating hair snc 14 yrs n got no issues with digestion. I chew hair t small pieces b4 swallowing it, would this still lead to trichobezoar?

Been eating hair snc 14 yrs n got no issues with digestion. I chew hair t small pieces b4 swallowing it, would this still lead to trichobezoar?

Maybe: Maybe. It could. More importantly, eating hair all of the time, no matter how finely you chew it, can lead to poorer absorption of other things you are putting into your body, like food and medication.
Bezoars, even trichobezoars are rare. Depressed, anxious people who worry about the wrong things and need to relax, take a deep breath, and focus on the important stuff are all over.
Be well :). ...Read more

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I dyed my hair, while rising it out in the shower I swallowed a little of it. Burnt my throat a little but ok now. Am I ok other then being embarrassed?

I dyed my hair, while rising it out in the shower I swallowed a little of it. Burnt my throat a little but ok now. Am I ok other then being embarrassed?

Probably ok, but: You can call poison control and talk to them and they can give you the best information. Have the box or bottle with you, so you can give them the exact ingredients. ...Read more

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I feel and see bumps on the back and sides of my tounge and they feel like hair. Plus I keep choking and gagging. I feel it when I swallow too. Help.

I feel and see bumps on the back and sides of my tounge and they feel like hair. Plus I keep choking and gagging. I feel it when I swallow too. Help.

Go see dentist: You should really get to a dentist and get checked out, but could just be bumps on your tongue called papillae that have taste buds all over them. These are normal, but can get hairy projections if you don't keep your tongue clean. Just brush your tongue and that should help get rid of it. Still, since you are choking and gagging, you should get into dentist to be checked out. Take care! ...Read more

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I swallowed a pill of hydrocodone and made myself throw up after. Will I be okay for this hair test tomorrow?

I swallowed a pill of hydrocodone and made myself throw up after. Will I be okay for this hair test tomorrow?

Not from this one: It takes some days for hydrocodone to be incorporated into the hair matrix itself. So this hydrocodone is not the problem, it will be the hydrocodone you took from 1 week to 6 months ago. ...Read more

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The problem I have started today this morning when I swallow it feels like if I have hair or something stuck in it and when I cough I spit out saliva.

The problem I have started today this morning when I swallow it feels like if I have hair or something stuck in it and when I cough I spit out saliva.

Foreign body: Feeling of foreign body could happen with irritation to the throat from post nasal drip, inflammation or irritation. Try salt water gorgle, if not better have the throat checked out. ...Read more

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I have hair growth vitamins but they came in a capsule and I'm having trouble swallowing them is it safe to open it and drink it with water?

I have hair growth vitamins but they came in a capsule and I'm having trouble swallowing them is it safe to open it and drink it with water?

Best to ask pharmacy: In many cases opening a capsule to extract medication which is either in pellet/sprinkle form, or liquid gel does not affect the medication adversely. However, the purpose they are placed into capsules or enterically coated tablets, etc. Is so they can be protected from stomach acid, other drugs, or dissolve slowly and be absorbed over time in the gut. Best to check with pharmacist. ...Read more

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My 17 month old swallowed a hair tie and is now refusing to eat but I got her to drink some water. What should I do? She has been acting fussy and burping/farting a lot

My 17 month old swallowed a hair tie and is now refusing to eat but I got her to drink some water. What should I do? She has been acting fussy and burping/farting a lot

You: You should take her in to the emergency room for swallowing the hair tie. They may need to do an x-ray to see where the tie is - if it is stuck in her throat, windpipe or esophagus (tube that connects the mouth to the stomach), then they will need to remove it as soon as possible. Even if the object is lodged in her throat, many kids can drink and even eat around it, so being able to eat/drink isn't a good text to see where it is stuck. ...Read more

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Can you accidentally swallow a piece of dust or hair? I always get a feeling that there is dust in the back of my throat or tongue.

Can you accidentally swallow a piece of dust or hair? I always get a feeling that there is dust in the back of my throat or tongue.

Post nasal drip: You should consult a physician. You may be suffering from allergies and postnasal drip. Allergy medication like antihistamine and nasal spray and neti poti sinus rinse can help. Consult a physician or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Bump on the back left of the throat. Don't look like tonsilliths. Say it feel like he's swallowing hair. Itches and little sore. Any ideas?

Bump on the back left of the throat. Don't look like tonsilliths. Say it feel like he's swallowing hair. Itches and little sore. Any ideas?

Go see family doc: Near impossible to provide any advice besides to go see family doc for evaluation. Could be early infection but can't determine whether viral or bacterial. If former, no need for antibiotics. Need testing to determine one from other. Watch closely for any change in typical activity & behavior. Family doc can help determine if needs emergent/urgent care eg difficulty swallowing etc ...Read more

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Very tired & hair is coming out handfuls for 2 months. Left shoulder pain then neck & chest pain. Lump on l lower throat clear throat cough swallow?

Very tired & hair is coming out handfuls for 2 months. Left shoulder pain then neck & chest pain. Lump on l lower throat clear throat cough swallow?

Time to see your Dr: I'm trying to follow what you are saying, but one thing is clear. Something is not right. Many of the symptoms you describe may occur from hormonal or vitamin issues, but they also could be signs of a more serious problem. Ask to be scheduled for a comprehensive physical and some lab work. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing a lump in my throat feeling for 2 weeks now. It almost feels like I need to cough up a hair ball, but I can't cough anything up and I can't swallow it. I have no other symptoms, not even a sore throat.?

I have been experiencing a lump in my throat feeling for 2 weeks now. It almost feels like I need to cough up a hair ball, but I can't cough anything up and I can't swallow it. I have no other symptoms, not even a sore throat.?

Tonsils: You feel a lump in your throat for 2 weeks. It is not sore. You feel like hair or a foreign object is there. You may have allergies or be exposed to something that is causing your tonsils to swell. They may be draining and causing the hair or foreign object sensation. This may or may not got worse at night. See a doctor since it has been 2 weeks. They can look in you throat and examine it ...Read more

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Ear pain but urgent care said no infection, ingrown hair, or swelling. My throat looked norm as well. Hurts in ear when I swallow or suck a straw.

Ear pain but urgent care said no infection, ingrown hair, or swelling. My throat looked norm as well. Hurts in ear when I swallow or suck a straw.

If the pain persists: Consider seeing your dentist. Sometime pain from a tooth problem can radiate up to the ears. You may also be having eustachian tube dysfunction, which is when these tubes, which connect the back of your throat to your middle ear, are not draining fluid or equalizing pressure properly. Take some ibuprofen or acetaminophen for the weekend and see the dentist and your own doctor when they are available. ...Read more

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Itchy arms, loss of hair, trouble swallowing food and rapid weight gain and pain under jawbone? I don't take drugs, drink a glass of wine maybe once a week. Cant see a doctor until 4-20. I'm going nuts! Arms will not stop itching! Feels like need

Hello,: Hello, I am wondering if this could be hypothyroidism. Some symptoms can inlcude: weight gain, hair loss, iincrease in tongue size and dry skin. Dry skin can be a source of itching. Other possible symptoms include: feeling tired and weak, feeling depressed or irritable, decreased sex drive, muscle cramps and pain, coarsening of hair, sensitivity to cold and constipation. If your skin feels dry, I suggest using a moisturing lotion. The way that hypothyroidism or other possible endocrine problems would be diagnosed is through specific lab tests. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroid take. 75mg levo daily. When I lay down or have my head far back or to my chest my throght is tight and is hard to swollow causes?

I have hypothyroid take. 75mg levo daily. When I lay down or have my head far back or to my chest my throght is tight and is hard to swollow causes?

Not: Thyroid related. You should discuss this swallow problem with your doctor. Does it ever bother you after eating spicy foods? Do you ever get a foul taste in your mouth or burp up food? Just a thought. ...Read more

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What happens IF you swallow HEAD lice?

What happens IF you swallow HEAD lice?

Wait what?: Hopefully you're referring to accidental, coincidental, or suspected ingestion, which would mean only a few of the tiny creatures made it in. While I'd advise against intentional ingestion, rest assured that we are designed to handle unwanted critters--the highly acidic stomach environment cannot be survived. Gross as it sounds, they'll be reduced to protein particles and eventually flushed out. ...Read more

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Pressure in head and diff swallowing any sugg bc the dr has none?

Pressure in head and diff swallowing any sugg bc the dr has none?

How long?: A cold would cause those symptoms, so an antibiotic generally would not be prescribed, because antibiotics will do nothing for viruses. If your symptoms last longer than 10 days, or get a lot worse before then instead of slowly getting better, you might have a sinus infection. ...Read more