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Q. I feel something is there in throat after having food. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Surabhi Chopra
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 28, 2019 and last reviewed on: Oct 04, 2019

Hello doctor,

After I ate something, I am getting a feeling (maybe real) that something is stuck in my throat. I drank a lot of water, but it is still there. Why?

Dr. Surabhi Chopra

Otolaryngology (E.N.T)


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1) Generally, small pieces of food stuck in the throat will dissolve on their own by being exposed to saliva from mouth. You can wait for this to happen if the symptom is not troublesome. Chewing gums or lozenges increase salivary production.

2) Since the symptom is persisting even after drinking a lot of water, try to initiate the gag reflex. To do this tickle the back of your mouth where the soft palate ends with your finger. This reverses the process of normal swallowing and helps to regurgitate food stuck in esophagus back towards the mouth.

3) If the feeling persists and if it is without any irritation or pain, it may be a false sensation called globus hystericus. This is due to the stretching effect of the muscles of the esophagus while swallowing a large bolus of food. But to confirm whether the feeling is false, you need to visit a hospital and get an endoscopy done.

4) If there is a lot of irritation or pain, you need to go to the hospital and have it removed by an endoscope. An endoscope is a long, thin camera using which doctor can see the piece of food which is stuck and remove it.

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