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Old 07-13-2019, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I wasn't eating fast or talking while eating, but eating some cereal & in an instant, I took a breath (inhale) at one point & a cereal piece (cinnamon toast crunch) went down the wrong pipe (the trachea). I didn't even cough at that moment. I tried to cough it up & drink something, but it was lodged in too deeply, I guess & as I swallow normally, that keeps it lodged in there. Thank God I can still breathe & I slept well that night like always. I went to urgent care to get it checked out. They took a chest x-ray & saw nothing in my lungs. I was told to drink lots of fluids & it will dissolve. I even went to my pulmonologist to follow-up & she felt things went positively since my breathing's been overall good & I can still eat & swallow. She said to go to a GI doctor if I'm noticing that I'm inhaling food more often.

Do you have asthma too by any chance? I have a mild type that started out of the blue when I was 42 (allergic asthma).

Any tips, info, etc. about this issue?
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Dark Side of the Moon
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Yes. It's called aspiration pneumonia if it doesn't dissolve, and it's quite dangerous; many elderly folks die from this. I'm glad you went to a doctor. This happened to me once, and I had to take a round of antibiotics because I couldn't shake the cough and subsequently developed a fever. Just monitor your temperature to be safe. NO, I don't have asthma, but I'm epileptic.
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Old 07-13-2019, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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This happened to me twice. The first time was a raisin that I was able to cough up right away, but it burned like holy heck. The second time, it was a piece of curried tripe from a Chinese buffet, about the size of the head of a tack. That one stuck around for a couple of weeks. It felt like something was stuck in there, but I couldn't figure out what it could be and I couldn't intentionally cough it up. Then one evening out of the blue I had a massive urge to cough, and out it came. At first I thought it was a piece of my lung, but then I realized, hey, this looks just like tripe. I had no complications either time.
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Old Today, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Right, aspiration pneumonia if it gets worse.

I think a little piece of lettuce slipped into the wrong pipe too when I was eating a salad...right when I was just about back to normal from the cereal piece! Well, I seem to be doing pretty well these days, thanks God!
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