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What causes choking on your own saliva?

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Why do I eke choking on my saliva
Posted Fri, 28 Feb 2014 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Shoaib Khan 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Difficult to find exact cause;list of causes given Detailed Answer: Hello sir/ma'am and welcome. Thank you for writing to us. I shall start by listing some of the most common causes for choking on your own saliva, but it is impossible to determine the exact cause in your case without an elaborate evaluation. The causes are the following: -Talking too quickly or occasionally forgetting to swallow (in this situation, choking on your saliva takes place less commonly/rarely, and this would be considered normal) -Lesions int he throat -Abnormalities of the salivary glands -Hypersalivation (excessive production of saliva) -Arthritis of the throat -Neurological abnormalities -Constant stress and/or anxiety -Gatroesophageal reflux abnormalities -Abnormal functioning of the upper esophageal sphincter -Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (very rare condition) These are some of the most common conditions that can cause such a presentation sir/ma'am. If you have been choking on your own saliva very often, and almost all the time throughout the day, then this may be due to an abnormality, and so you will have to report to a doctor for an elaborate evaluation. I hope you find my response both helpful and informative. Please feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications, I would be more than happy to help you. Best wishes.
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