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I think I accidentally swallowed gum in my sleep. I taste

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I think I accidentally swallowed gum in my sleep. I taste the faint minty taste in the back of my throat and I feel a lump there
JA: How long have you had the lump? Is it hard or soft?
Customer: I've felt it since I woke up this morning, 3 hours, and it's somewhat hard
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I had strep a month ago
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Michael Salama replied 9 months ago.

Hello this is Dr. Salama MD,

Sometimes swallowing something hard will impact the throat and leave a sensation that it remains where it touched. When in actuality it has long gone into the stomach.

Gum is an unlikely substance to stick to your throat. It has a hard, slick surface, and the throat does not adhere easily to such a substance.
If you are really concerned, you can vomit. Nothing stays put in the throat when you regurgitate. Lots of ways to make that happen.
If you drink something warm, or hot, that sensation may well disappear in an hour or so.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

If not, please don't forget to leave a positive rating as that's the only way I get credit for answering your question.

Thank you!

Expert:  Michael Salama replied 9 months ago.

How are you feeling now?