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Suggest ways to remove food object stuck in the throat

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Posted on Mon, 27 Feb 2017
Question: My husband had a piece of good stuck
In his esophagus and it will not move through. It has been almost 45 minutes now. Any suggestion how to get it to move through.
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Answered by Dr. Kathy Robinson (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
drinking water

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for your question.
Drinking water is the best way to get food to move down the esophagus. If it does not move that could mean that there is an obstruction. If this does not resolve soon he should go to emergency or urgent care for an evaluation.
If he is experiencing shortness of breath then you need to call an ambulance to take him to emergency.
If he is not short of breath but just uncomfortable, then you can have him drink some more water but if it is not moving then he needs a doctor evaluation.
Regards,
Dr. Robinson
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Brief Answer: drinking water Detailed Answer: Hello and thank you for your question. Drinking water is the best way to get food to move down the esophagus. If it does not move that could mean that there is an obstruction. If this does not resolve soon he should go to emergency or urgent care for an evaluation. If he is experiencing shortness of breath then you need to call an ambulance to take him to emergency. If he is not short of breath but just uncomfortable, then you can have him drink some more water but if it is not moving then he needs a doctor evaluation. Regards, Dr. Robinson