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What causes aspiration after having a tiny piece of food?

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About once a day, I seem to aspirate on a tiny piece of food and have to cough, what is the cause? What can I do about it?
Posted Fri, 7 Feb 2014 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Ashish Verma 3 hours later
Brief Answer: its either due to reflux or fast eating Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXXXX Thanks for writing to XXXXXXX This is Dr. Ashish Verma, a general surgeon, answering to your query. You may be either eating a bit fast, if yes you need to eat slowly then so that you dont aspirate again. Or, are you having a reflux? Like a heart burn? As that can also cause this. If yes, then you need to start on a ppi with levosulpride combination. But as it is a prescription drug, you need to see a local doctor for it. Also get an endoscopy done to look for a hiatus hernia as it is very common with reflux. Hope that i have answered all your queries. If you have further queries, i will be glad to answer them. Get well soon. Dr. Ashish Verma
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