Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
133 Doctors are Online

Swallowed a fish bone. Having sore throat and lot of saliva. Suggest?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

ENT Specialist
Practicing since : 1991
Answered : 2448 Questions
I swallowed a fish bone my throat is very sore and I am swallowing a lot of saliva what should I do?
Posted Mon, 24 Jun 2013 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti 6 hours later

Thank you for your query.

1. The most common area where a fish bone may get stuck in the throat is the Palatine Tonsils. Other common areas is the lymphoid tissues in the throat, posterior third of the tongue and in the pyriform fossae. Get a Neck and Chest X-rays done. A fish bone is radio-opaque and hence may be visible on X-rays.

2. The narrowest part of the food tract is the cricopharynx (entrance of the food pipe) behind the (larynx) voice box. Once a food bolus or a foreign body passes through this narrowing, there is usually no problem. Only a very sharp fish bone may get stuck. Usually there is an abrasion or spasm caused by the passage of a fish bone.

3. If the symptoms or pain worsen, there is drooling of saliva or if the fish bone is seen on an X-ray, request for a videolaryngoscopy done.

4. Any painkiller may mask the symptoms and hence should be taken only under strict medical supervision. A medicated mouth wash may help.

I hope that I have answered your queries. If you have any further questions, I will be available to answer them.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Lab Tests
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an ENT Specialist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor