By eating certain foods, it is possible that some parts can slide down the throat before you finish chewing. This is more likely to occur with hard or crunchy foods, such as a crisps or a piece of hard candy. There are easy ways to get remove the blockage from the throat to avoid infection.
If your throat is blocked in a way that is affecting your breathing, you should try the Heimlich manoeuvre or go to the emergency immediately. The tips given below to remove food stuck in the throat are basic and for minor obstructions, and are only useful if the blockage is only causing you discomfort.
Though there are many reasons why you may get food stuck in your throat, you should know that most foods dissolve over time, so if the piece is not causing too much trouble, let it dissolve naturally with the saliva in the throat. If this fails, try drinking a little water. Water helps the process. You can also drink a cup of hot water or hot tea to help dissolve the piece of food. Make sure the water is warm, but not too hot because it can burn your throat.
Lie down flat on the floor and sip on water twice or three times as this may help if the food does not disappear while standing up.
If the food is stuck, you may have to gargle with warm salt water. Be careful if you have a full stomach though, as gargling may cause vomiting. This happens because gargling induces reflux of liquid from the throat, therefore provoking vomiting.
Another method to remove food caught in the throat is to try to eat something soft. The most common to eat in these cases is a piece of bread. Chew this piece so it's well moistened with saliva and then swallow quickly. In all likelihood, this will move the piece in the throat and force it down. If the piece is stuck hard in the throat, you may have to spit out what you've eaten to push it out.
Swallowing a spoonful of honey may also help if the piece of food is quite small. The texture of this product will help it slide down.
Another trick you can try is to cough it out with a controlled, vocal cough. This will constrict the throat and then expel any particles that are stuck. However, be careful when you're taking a breath after coughing, as you could inhale the piece of food and this could cause you to choke.
Didn't these tricks work? Then maybe you don't have something stuck in your throat but rather you feel as if you do. Take a look at our article on why you feel like you have food stuck in your throat to learn about the possible reasons.
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- However, if what you eat passes easily, but you still feel like there is something stuck in the throat, you may have passed the piece and the feeling you are experiencing is just the scratch caused by the piece that was stuck. In this case, wait until your stomach is empty and gargle with warm salt water. This will ensure that no bacteria forms around the throat that may cause the onset of cough or flu-like symptoms.