What to do when Choking Feeling in Throat Occurs and Its Causes

Choking Feeling in Throat

A patient that feels choking sensations in the throat may feel that there is something that is stuck in the throat. The degree of the sensation may vary and can be accompanied by chest pains, throat inflammation, voice problems, tightening of the throat, and difficulties and pain in swallowing.

Medical terms that are used to describe choking sensations in the throat include Globus Hystericus, Globus Pharyngis, and Globus. Each of these terms has its own specific characteristics but commonly brings about a choking sensation.

Choking Feeling in Throat Causes

There are several causes that lead to the condition. Some are minor ones while there are those that need medical help. These causes include the following:

  • Anxiety and Stress. Muscles that are found in the throat contract in response to anxiety or stress. Patients under such conditions may experience that there is something obstructing the throat that cannot be removed by swallowing or by gulping any kind of fluid.
  • Strep Throat. This is the inflammation of the throat which is commonly caused by viral and bacterial infections.
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux. Symptoms of this condition include heartburn which is caused by the backflow of acid and food particles from the stomach that passes through the esophagus. Constant backflows can lead to esophageal damage which can develop a choking feeling.
  • Tightening of the Cricopharyngeal Muscle. The cricopharyngeal muscle prevents swallowed food from coming back out in the mouth. When this sphincter muscle tightens it causes muscle spasms that make patients feel that something is stuck in the throat.
  • Mass on the Neck. These masses can be granulomas, malignant tumors, cysts, swollen lymph nodes, mucosal lesions caused by ulcers or trauma, or enlargement of the thyroid. In rare occasions, the mass can develop when the esophagus is encircled by the thyroid gland.
  • Anatomical abnormalities which can be brought about by overgrowth of some tissues in the throat.

What to do with Choking Feeling in Throat?

Remedies for such a condition or feeling depend on the factor that had caused it. Below are some of the options that patients can do.

  • When the choking feeling is caused by anxiety and stress, lifestyle changes are recommended which will include applying relaxation methods such as meditation and other exercises.
  • Dietary and lifestyle changes together with certain prescription drugs are needed to remedy choking symptoms brought about by gastroesophageal reflux.
  • Infections like strep throat can be treated by the use of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Surgery may be required to remove certain masses on the neck and correct anatomical abnormalities.

12 thoughts on “What to do when Choking Feeling in Throat Occurs and Its Causes

  • December 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Since last few days I am having choking in my throat. I cannot swallow even saliva at times. I am forced to cough out and then only I can swallow saliva. I generally feel this after eating chocolate though I am not allergic to it. What should I do? Is there any home remedy.

    • January 1, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      The symptoms are suggesting there is inflammation in your throat which prevents easy swallowing of saliva. You can do warm water gargling as it will ease the inflammation. Also avoid eating chocolate if you are sure that is the reason for your problem. Although you may not be allergic to chocolate, there are many other ingredients present which may be causing inflammation in throat.

  • May 28, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I feel like there is something in my throat. Sometimes it goes and I become alright. But the feeling comes again after days. I am able to eat and drink anything I want without pain. But it makes me feel uncomfortable. What should I do?

    • May 29, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Many people suffer from a feeling of discomfort in throat even if they do not have any difficulty while swallowing liquid and solid food. Usually it a associated with reflux acid disorder. The gastric juice which comes back can damage the inner lining of food pipe giving rise to such sensation. If you suspect it to be the cause, try following things. Avoid excessive spicy and oily food. Reduce your weight if you are obese. Eat your dinner 2 hours before retiring to bed. Avoid drinking alcohol before sleep. Stop smoking if you are smoking. Do regular salt water gargles once in a day for few days. Even after doing all this, if you have no relief, consult your doctor.

  • September 29, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I am feeling some thing gets stuck in between in my throat, suffocating initially. I got infection and dryness in the throat but after a month I got tooth infection. I took anti-inflammatory tablet as per doctor advice thrice in a day for 4-5 days which certainly lead to suffocating problem and choking sensation. I am able to eat everything. There is no problem in swallowing anything. It is really discomforting a lot. Not able to concentrate on anything. In addition to this having dryness in my throat and cough at times.

    • September 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      From the description it seems that you are suffering from throat infection and irritation in the throat. Simple salt water gargling 3 to 4 times in a day will help to relieve this problem. Also avoid eating oily and spicy food. Take a pinch of turmeric powder and mix it with warm milk. Drink one glass of this milk two times in a day.


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