Food Stuck In Throat: Home Remedies to Remove and Dislodge Food Stuck

Natural Cures for Food Stuck in Throat

Every now and then, people may suffer from throat obstruction. The causes may vary, but the usual causes of obstruction are fish or chicken lodged on the throat or anything that causes difficulty in breathing and swallowing food. Throat obstruction needs to be dislodged right away to avoid serious damages to the person.

Possible Risks of Food Stuck in Throat

Having something lodged on a person’s throat may happen anytime if a person is not too careful and even is attentive on what he puts on his mouth, throat obstruction can still happen.

A person who accidentally blocked his throat must be given immediate relief otherwise; he would face the following risks:

  • Choking
  • If the fishbone is not immediately removed, the wound might possibly get infected causing further damage in the esophagus
  • Air deprivation
  • Prolonged air deprived due to throat obstruction may result to death

How to Remove Food Stuck In Throat

If food gets stuck in throat, while you are dining with him, try these natural home remedies to dislodge food:

  • In any accidents, the most important thing to remember is not to panic. Seeing somebody drool or gag might cause you to panic, but it might worsen the situation instead of resolving the problem.
    It is important to remain calm. Have a clear mind to have focus and for you to remember to do the things to help the person.
  • Ask the person with obstructed throat to open his mouth. If you can see the cause of obstruction, try to reach for it. If you cannot reach the source of obstruction, leave it for the meantime while looking for ways to resolve the issue.
  • Take uncooked egg, swallow the yolk including the red to help the obstruction slide down.
  • If the cause of obstruction is a fish or chicken bone, try swallowing hard cooked rice or a lump of hard bread to push the bone down to the stomach.
  • You can gargle an amount of vinegar to soften to the bone stuck in the throat. Swallowing cooked rice or hard bread after gargling vinegar will help loosen the obstruction.
  • You can also opt to swallow a tablespoonful of olive oil to allow the obstruction to slide down to your stomach.
  • To prevent throat obstruction, always chew your food well. Do no eat in a hurry because some bones might go unnoticed resulting to throat obstruction, pain and discomfort.


  1. TB said:

    When any food gets stuck in throat, you should rub your forehead in a circular motion many times. Doing this stimulates the stored serotonin in the brain which causes the bone, food or any other thing stuck in throat to come out.

    July 14, 2010
  2. M D said:

    Hi, I’m new here and I had food stuck in my throat many times but it’s getting more serious. I swallowed a very chewy minced beef from a meat pie I had about 3 months ago and it’s still sticking deep in my throat! I tried drinking a lot of boiled water and some hot tea. I went for a barium swallow X-Ray scan but they said the object was as small as a bolus or pill so they don’t think there’s anything serious with my throat and the GP agreed, he thinks it should slide down after a while.

    The problem is it’s still in my throat and it’s getting too long! I never had anything in my throat for that long before, I experienced a small fish bone in my throat before but even that went down in just a few weeks. It puts me off eating fish and now I think I don’t want a meat pie anymore, especially beef lol! The longer the piece of mince stays, the more I panic. I really need help, I should celebrate if my throat ever clears up again and be extra careful when eating.

    December 8, 2010
    • PUP said:

      The first thing you should do is consult an ENT specialist. Mean while you can follow home remedies such as:
      • Gargle vinegar mixed in water to soften the bolus. This may soften the food material and facilitate it to slide down.
      • Eating banana may be useful.
      • Swallow egg yolk of an uncooked egg.

      December 13, 2010
  3. AMN said:

    I was at a buffet and ate a piece of beef and it started gagging me and every time I try and put something in my mouth, even water it comes back. I can feel something stuck in my throat. What can I do?

    July 21, 2012
  4. KS said:

    I was eating French fries and they were so hot that I’m pretty sure I burnt the inside of my throat. Now it feels as though something is STUCK there. I can feel something when I rub my finger on the outside of my throat. It hurts badly to swallow and feels like my throat is closing. I’m scared. I don’t know what to do.

    September 15, 2012
    • PUP said:

      • Salt water gargling is an easy way to alleviate irritated throat. Add a pinch of salt in a glass of warm water. Do salt water gargling at least three times in a day.
      • Honey is also a natural soothing agent. Add 1 to 2 teaspoon of honey in a glass of water and mix it well. Now add few drops of lemon juice and drink it. This combination is effective in relieving pain the throat.
      • Drink butter milk or coconut water both are found to soothe your sore throat as a result of drink something very hot.

      September 15, 2012
  5. AW said:

    When I was eating bread, the food got stuck in my throat. How can this be dislodged?

    July 27, 2013
  6. Eric said:

    Whenever I eat something, food gets stuck in my throat. I ate cheese and it got stuck in the throat. Even pills get stuck in my throat. How can I be cured of this?

    August 6, 2013
    • PUP said:

      There are several reasons for food to get stuck in the throat. You have to consult an ENT specialist to rule out any abnormal pathology if present. To name few causes here they are:
      • Panic attack
      • Esophageal spasm.
      • Acute stress
      • Stricture in esophagus
      • Drug allergy.
      • Cancer of pharynx and esophagus.

      August 7, 2013
  7. EE said:

    I have tried diet coke when there is sensation of food stuck in the throat. I have been using for years for my husband whenever he experiences food is stuck in his throat. He drinks a glass of coke and it is helpful to relieve his problem.

    July 4, 2018
  8. TR said:

    I feel something is stuck in my throat all the time. The feeling is more when I am swallowing. I feel something is there as I find it hard to burp. I had an ultrasound done last year. The test report mentioned no abnormality detected in my neck. The problem seems to go for some time, but returns back. Is there any home remedy for it?

    July 29, 2018
    • PUP said:

      Constant sensation of something present in throat may have many different causes. Often reflux acid is one of the causes for pain and irritation in throat. Sometimes infection in throat can also produce irritation and feeling of food stuck in throat. Home remedies may be useful.
      • Avoid eating too much of spicy and oily food.
      • Avoid late night eating. Eat 2 to 3 hours before you sleep.
      • Do not overeat.
      • Avoid alcohol intake and stop smoking if you have this habits.
      • Do not drink too much of coffee and tea.
      • Reduce intake of carbonated drinks.
      • Eat two bananas daily for few days.
      Seek ENT specialist opinion if you are not successful after following all the above mentioned attempts to reduce the feeling.

      August 6, 2018
  9. Lynn said:

    My husband frequently feels something is stuck in his throat. He has to run to bathroom and vomit. His doctor has diagnosed it is because of acid reflux. He has donated one kidney 10 years back. He is also suffering from gout. Is there any remedy to treat this condition, natural or homeopathic?

    August 27, 2018
    • PUP said:

      Often acid reflux disease causes irritation in the throat and person may feel as if something is present in throat. Your doctor has suspected it to be the cause. Few natural things can help to relieve acid reflux.
      • Eat your dinner 2 hours before sleeping.
      • Avoid over eating at night.
      • If he is obese try to reduce weight.
      • Abstain from alcohol consumption as this also aggravates symptoms of gout.
      • Avoid eating too much of spicy and oily food.
      • Elevate the head side of the bed. This helps to reduce heartburn and acid reflux at night.
      If he does not get relief from the above tips, he must consult an ENT specialist.

      August 28, 2018

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