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What causes coughing after eating?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possible LERD

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) = lerd.
Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, cough, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, & even a higher risk of throat cancer. May however not be reflux so please get yourself checked.

In brief: Possible LERD

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) = lerd.
Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, cough, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, & even a higher risk of throat cancer. May however not be reflux so please get yourself checked.
Dr. Charles Cattano
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Aspiration

If you are consistently coughing after you swallow, you are likely aspirating.
This condition needs to be evaluated to determine the cause. Treatment of the cause, if any, and swallow therapy will be needed. An ENT +/- GI evaluation will be beneficial. Trying to eat/ swallow while talking, watching tv, increases the likelihood that food will go down " the wrong way" and set you off coughing.

In brief: Aspiration

If you are consistently coughing after you swallow, you are likely aspirating.
This condition needs to be evaluated to determine the cause. Treatment of the cause, if any, and swallow therapy will be needed. An ENT +/- GI evaluation will be beneficial. Trying to eat/ swallow while talking, watching tv, increases the likelihood that food will go down " the wrong way" and set you off coughing.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Family Medicine

In brief: Cough

Cough after eating could be due to gastric reflux, dysfunction swallowing (i.
e. After a stroke) , esophageal stricture, anxiety, among some possibilities . See doctor if concerned.

In brief: Cough

Cough after eating could be due to gastric reflux, dysfunction swallowing (i.
e. After a stroke) , esophageal stricture, anxiety, among some possibilities . See doctor if concerned.
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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