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Food Stuck in Epiglottis.

For a week or so, at some point during the day I've felt like something is stuck in my throat. I can see my epiglottis in the mirror (with a flashlight), and judging by the smell/taste I can occasionally generate, it seems a significant amount of food is getting stuck. How can I remedy this? It's gotten to the point where I don't want to be in close contact with people because of the bad breath this is causing.
Asked On : Thu, 24 Jun 2010
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello, welcome to Healthcaremagic. It is not possible for food to remain stuck in throat for long time. It might be some other pathology including infection by bacteria or virus. Bad breath can be due to it or due to several other causes. You must visit a ENT doctor who would be able to examine you and find the real issue. Wish you good health.
Answered: Sun, 30 Oct 2011
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You should have a direct endoscopic video laryngoscopy and a barium swallow X-ray study done at the earliest. Food normally does not get stuck in the throat unless there is an obstruction (in which case there may be no problem with liquids) or small bits get stuck in the tonsils or any hypertrophied lymphoid tissue. This can cause halitosis (bad breath) and if you have GERD (Gastro-Esophagral Reflux Disease) it may also cause similar sensations. What is your age? Have you had a substantial exposure to tobacco or alcohol? Have you noticed any change in your voice or do you feel breathless or cough at times?
Answered: Thu, 26 Aug 2010
  User's Response
my epiglottis has red spots on it and I feel like it is swollen
Answered: Wed, 25 Aug 2010
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