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Piece of food stuck in windpipe, coughing, need to clear throat, sore throat. Treatment?

I was laughing while eating a hamburger. A piece of food felt like it went down the wrong way. I started coughing, I have no problems breathing . But I feel like I have to clear my throat . To the point of coughing for the past 30 min. My throat feels sore now since I have been coughing so hard to try and clear my throat.
Asked On : Thu, 24 Jan 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
hi there, your food seems to have entered the larynx or the wind pipe as food pipe and the wind pipe are in close proximity and it is the natural defence mechanism of the body to cough to dislodge the particle from there. As you have stated coughing for 30 min has left the larynx sore and it gives a sensation as if something is stuck there. You should try a avoid the urge to cough if you have got the particle out of your throat and take an anti-inflammatory to reduce the inflammation. In a day or two you will be fine. Do make a habit not to talk or laugh while eating as the food may go the wrong way and that can be troublesome as you have already experienced . Take care.
Answered: Thu, 24 Jan 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Shoaib Khan's  Response
Hello and welcome,

Thanks for your query.

Coughing is the body's attempt to expel the foreign body out of the trachea (wind pipe). It will continue to do so till the foreign body is completely expelled out. It is good news that you can breathe properly.

Just try to relax and cough lightly whenever you feel like. If his has gone on for long, then I suggest you go to an ER, where they will help to suck out anything that is stuck up your trachea.

I hope I have succeeded in answering your questions, you could write back to us anytime for further clarifications.

Best wishes.
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