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What do you call it when for no reason my throat shuts and I

Customer Question

what do you call it when for no reason my throat shuts and I can't breathe"
JA: How severe is this?
Customer: It happens every so often. This morning just getting some mucus out it hit me couldn't breathe tried to get my inhalor but couldn't get my breath finally able to get a puff then another but I thought I was going to go down or die
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No they told me awhile back what it might be; but couldn't remember where I wrote it down. Looked on internet and something about larynogospasm; but couldn't come up with symtem or what to do
Submitted: 25 days ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 25 days ago.

Hello !

I think that you found the correct answer to the phenomenon that you feel ...

If a person accidently aspirated a small amount of liquid or mucus then the vocal cords guards automatically spasms SHUT ... it is a reflex which basically guards vs drowning ...

You aspirate a bit of fluid and you get the laryngospasm and it is very UNCOMFORTABLE ..you can't move air in or out for probably about 30 seconds but it feels longer ...

Sound familiar ?

As long as it is a very uncommon phenomenon then it is not any big deal

If you aspirate frequently upon eating / drinking then THAT may need to be checked further

It is a VERY ALARMING SENSATION but what you describe is consistent with laryngospasm ...

I hope that this information is helpful for you

Let me know if you have further questions or concerns

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Thank you and Best Regards,

Dr. Bray