Can you swallow something down your windpipe?
Keeping this in view, what happens if food goes down your windpipe?
When somebody feels like something went down the wrong pipe, it usually means that it went into his or her trachea, a process known as aspiration. "In otherwise healthy people, the presence of foreign material in the airway is extremely uncomfortable and will stimulate immediate gag and coughing reflexes," says Kim.
Secondly, what happens if a piece of food gets in your lungs? Pulmonary aspiration is when you inhale food, stomach acid, or saliva into your lungs. You can also aspirate food that travels back up from your stomach to your esophagus. Healthy lungs can clear up on their own. If they don't, pneumonia can develop as a complication.
One may also ask, how do you get something out of your windpipe?
Ways to remove food stuck in throat
- The 'Coca-Cola' trick. Research suggests that drinking a can of Coke, or another carbonated beverage, can help dislodge food stuck in the esophagus.
- A moist piece of food.
- Alka-Seltzer or baking soda.
- Wait it out.
Why do I keep swallowing down the wrong pipe?
As part of the swallowing response, the upper esophageal sphincter relaxes and opens to allow the food to pass from the throat into the esophagus. Aspiration occurs whenever secretions, food or liquid goes down "the wrong pipe” and enters the airway or lungs. This often results in coughing or choking sensation.