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I often choke on liquids or my own saliva and cant breathe

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I often choke on liquids or my own saliva and can't breathe for a few seconds afterwards, what causes this?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Ken replied 6 years ago.

May I know your age? Do you have any diagnosed medical condition?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I am 61 years old. I have diabetes, it is controlled with insulin. I also have reflux I take meds for it also
Expert:  Ken replied 6 years ago.

I can understand your anxiety.

We need to consider few causes. Let me explain a bit.

In the back of the mouth are two openings. One is the esophagus, which leads to the stomach. The other is the trachea, which is the opening air must pass through to get to the lungs. When swallowing occurs, the trachea is covered by a flap called the epiglottis, which prevents food from entering the lungs. Choking can occur when food enters airway {abnormal function of epiglottis}. The cause can be inflammation/ abnormality at nerve supply.

I would suggest a physical check up along with few investigations like scopy/ CT scan/ blood tests to see for the cause. treatment will follow.

Till than warm water gargles {with pinch of salt}, anti inflammatory tabs may relieve inflammation/ have balanced diet and adequate fluid.

Wish you well. God bless
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Most of the time it is liquids not food. I have to sip liquids. That takes longer and I don't get enough liquid in my system

Expert:  Ken replied 6 years ago.

If there is partial closure of the airway than liquids tend to pass easily than solid. May be that is the reason that you have symptoms with liquids. It needs evaluation for sure.

God speed
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