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Can food get in your lungs hard to breath

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Dr. G Funari
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Yes,

Yes, this is a potentially serious situation as it can lead to obstructed breathing and significant infections.
The fact that you are having difficulty breathing warrants a visit to an emergency department to rule out airway obstruction.

In brief: Yes,

Yes, this is a potentially serious situation as it can lead to obstructed breathing and significant infections.
The fact that you are having difficulty breathing warrants a visit to an emergency department to rule out airway obstruction.
Dr. G Funari
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Dr. Richard Arden
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Yes,

Yes, it is possible to aspirate food or liquid which preferentially tends to go down the right mainstem bronchus due to its more vertical orientation.
This should have triggered a fairly robust coughing reflex that would have occured right after the swallowing event. If you are having trouble breathing you should go to an er or urgent care center where a physician can listen to your lungs and likely get a chest x-ray.

In brief: Yes,

Yes, it is possible to aspirate food or liquid which preferentially tends to go down the right mainstem bronchus due to its more vertical orientation.
This should have triggered a fairly robust coughing reflex that would have occured right after the swallowing event. If you are having trouble breathing you should go to an er or urgent care center where a physician can listen to your lungs and likely get a chest x-ray.
Dr. Richard Arden
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