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How to get french fry stuck in windpipe?

Im pregnant and have morning sickness really bad. Earlier I was vomitting and a small piece of french fry was inhaled into my windpipe. Its been stuck in there and its semi painful and really really annoying. Ive tried everything to get it out (deep coughing, exhaling really hard, even sticking my finger down there to try and grab it) nothing it working and im worried im going to inhale it into my lungs. What should I do?
Fri, 28 Nov 2014
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Hi. Thank you for writing to HCM.

It does not appear that a french fry is stuck in your windpipe. If it were then it would be a medical emergency due to sudden severe obstruction to breathing and severe coughing. Moreover, it would have been impossible for you to write out this query in such a situation.

Nonetheless, the sensation of pain or feeling of something being stuck is probably due to the injury caused by the french fry while you were trying to cough it out or swallow it or during the vomiting. It may have lead to swelling and injury around your voice box region. The body cannot differentiate between an injury in the throat from something being stuck. They will feel exactly the same except that when there is a physical object the obstruction to airway and persistent coughing is very prominent.

In my opinion, give it a day or two to heal. It should subside on its own. In the mean time consume semisolid soft bland diet and drink plenty of fluids. Do not try to cough or insert your finger in your throat as you will only worsen the injury and the swelling leading to worsening of the sensation and discomfort.

If you would like a 100% rule out then you can visit an ENT specialist for a videolaryngoscopy to see if the french fry or a part of it is still stuck in the throat. It is very unlikely but you never know, anything is possible.

Hope this information was useful. Do let me know if you have any other concerns.
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How to get french fry stuck in windpipe?

Hi. Thank you for writing to HCM. It does not appear that a french fry is stuck in your windpipe. If it were then it would be a medical emergency due to sudden severe obstruction to breathing and severe coughing. Moreover, it would have been impossible for you to write out this query in such a situation. Nonetheless, the sensation of pain or feeling of something being stuck is probably due to the injury caused by the french fry while you were trying to cough it out or swallow it or during the vomiting. It may have lead to swelling and injury around your voice box region. The body cannot differentiate between an injury in the throat from something being stuck. They will feel exactly the same except that when there is a physical object the obstruction to airway and persistent coughing is very prominent. In my opinion, give it a day or two to heal. It should subside on its own. In the mean time consume semisolid soft bland diet and drink plenty of fluids. Do not try to cough or insert your finger in your throat as you will only worsen the injury and the swelling leading to worsening of the sensation and discomfort. If you would like a 100% rule out then you can visit an ENT specialist for a videolaryngoscopy to see if the french fry or a part of it is still stuck in the throat. It is very unlikely but you never know, anything is possible. Hope this information was useful. Do let me know if you have any other concerns.