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Treatment for foreign body in the throat hard of swallowing - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I just swallowed a small piece of plastic wrap on a piece of candy cane, it is stuck in my throat and won't go up or down. I've tried gagging, gargling, toast..nothing works. Is it dangerous?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello?
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   47 female
Doctor :   How big was the wrap?
User :   very small - on a piece of candy cane which was about an inch long
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Any thing that the body swallows moves down the gut due to the action of peristalsis.
Doctor :   Unless there is gut malformation.
Doctor :   This plastic wrap that you swallowed must have gone down into the stomach.
Doctor :   The foreign body sensation that you report,
Doctor :   is probably due to the irritation on the back of the throat caused by the foreign body.
Doctor :   They usually settle down in a few hours.
Doctor :   Drink plenty of water, to aid in the peristalsis of the gut, and there should not be any problem.
Doctor :   However, if you continue to have the foreign body sensation persisting for more than a day,
Doctor :   I suggest you to consult a ENT surgeon.
Doctor :   Finally, this is not a serious concern.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   That makes me feel it doesn't pose any danger, such as being inhaled during sleep? Yes, I understand that I should follow up with an ENT if the sensation doesn't go away after a day.
Doctor :   No, there are least chances of it entering the lungs.
Doctor :   You should be fine by tomorrow.
User :   Ok thank you very very much
Doctor :   See an ENT surgeon, if your symptoms are persisting.
User :   thank you i will
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no thank you!
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
User :   By and thanks
Doctor :   Have a great Year.
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