When you swallow food, liquid, or an object, it passes from your mouth and goes down your throat and esophagus and into your stomach.
But sometimes these things can get stuck in your throat or esophagus.
This may make you choke, cough, or gag.
It may hurt for a few days when you eat or swallow.
Why does it feel like food is stuck in my throat?
Symptoms of GERD
The main symptoms are persistent heartburn and acid regurgitation. Some people have GERD without heartburn. Instead, they experience pain in the chest, hoarseness in the morning, or trouble swallowing. You may feel like you have food stuck in your throat or like you are choking or your throat is tight.
Can food get stuck in your esophagus?
When it feels like something didn’t go all the way down, it’s usually because it’s stuck in your esophagus. Your breathing isn’t affected when this happens because the food has already cleared your windpipe. However, you may cough or gag. Symptoms of food stuck in your esophagus develop immediately after it happens.
How do you know if you have food stuck in your throat?
But when symptoms are present, they may include:
- Rapid, noisy, or high-pitched breathing.
- Increased drooling.
- Trouble swallowing, pain when swallowing, or complete inability to swallow.
- Refusing to eat solids.
- Pain in the neck, chest, or abdomen.
- Feeling that something is stuck in your throat.
Can food get stuck in your lungs?
Aspiration pneumonia is a complication of pulmonary aspiration. Pulmonary aspiration is when you inhale food, stomach acid, or saliva into your lungs. You can also aspirate food that travels back up from your stomach to your esophagus. Healthy lungs can clear up on their own.