How to remove food lodged in your throat

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How to remove food lodged in your throat
Fish pinbones can easily be missed and accidentally swallowed. (Fish bone image by porotova from

Several holidays or events around the world are celebrated with some sort of meal or feast as a central focus -- breakfast with the family on Easter, a sumptuous feast on Thanksgiving, the traditional British Sunday roast. With so many individuals consuming large quantities of food, the possibility exists for a chunk of food to become stuck in a person's throat. In a noisy atmosphere, others may not notice the problem. Fortunately, there are several methods to remove food lodged in your throat. Perform the Heimlich manoeuvre or call an ambulance if the blockage affects breathing.

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Things you need

  • Oil or egg yolk
  • Cup of water or vinegar
  • Rice

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  1. 1

    Reach a finger into your mouth and attempt to dislodge the obstruction.

  2. 2

    Drink a lubricating liquid, such as olive oil or an egg yolk. This may make your throat slippery enough for the obstruction to dislodge.

  3. 3

    Drink liquids and wait if the obstruction remains lodged, but is not causing distress. The saliva in your mouth will cause most foods to dissolve over time. The Tandurust website recommends drinking small amounts of vinegar if a small bone is lodged in your throat, as it may soften the bone and ease in future removal.

  4. 4

    Ingest a large amount of liquid and swish it in your mouth while moving your head up and down. The Safe Natural Cures website suggests this may dislodge the obstruction enough that a finger may be used to retrieve it.

  5. 5

    Attempt to force the obstruction into your stomach by another food. The Home Remedies website suggests using sticky rice or bread.

Tips and warnings

  • Consult a doctor if the food remains lodged in your throat.

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