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Sliver of a sunflower seed stuck in my throat?

Asked by kb12345 (423 points ) February 15th, 2013

I ate a hand full of seeds and a piece of one of the shells got caught in my throat. Its been in there for a few hours now and its really sharp and hurts. I’ve gargled, ate bread, chips, water many things!! It is very irritating and painful what can I do?

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Jeruba's avatar

This is not professional opinion or meant as medical advice.

I’d say it’s possible that there’s nothing stuck there but that you just scratched your throat a little. Give it some time.

gasman's avatar

@Jeruba beat me to the punch!
There are two possibilities: (1) There’s definitely a foreign body in your throat; (2) The swallowed shell scraped the throat’s lining, causing a mucosal abrasion that feels like a foreign body when none is actually present. Hopefully you won’t require an endoscopic retrieval.

JLeslie's avatar

You could try drinking very cold ice water or take a spoon of chloreseptic to coat the area that hurts. My doctor had me do that when I had really bad ulcers in my esophagus. Also, Tylenol should help if it is scratched. Tylenol is very good for cuts and scratches. Don’t take aspirin.

If it still hurts a lot tomorrow you could go to a walk in clinic and have them take a look. My great aunt had a metal staple from a tea bag get caught in her throat and they have to remove it for her.

I’m not a medical professional either.

Sunny2's avatar

Brush the back of your tongue with your toothbrush until you gag and it might come up. That’s a good way to make yourself cough up whatever is at the unreachable back of your throat.

kb12345's avatar

So I went to the walk-in clinic near by where I was (which is not where I live). Here they treated me very poorly the doctor came in, without warning numbed the back of my throat and stuck a long mirror down there. He couldn’t see that far down so he gave me numbing gel which lasted maybe 20 minutes. And I have been back just dealing with the pain eating only liquids.. This is not fun

JLeslie's avatar

How far down is it? Back of your throat? Esophagus inside your neck, chest?

I wonder if it will show on xray? I’m thinking it might not. The staple showed up, but that is metal of course?

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