Aspiration

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Last Updated: 04 May 2022
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Aspiration is when something you ingest "drops the upside-down" and enters your air passage or lungs. It can additionally happen when something goes back into your throat from your stomach. People that have a difficult time ingesting are most likely to aspirate. People who may aspirate usually or have troubles swallowing include those that are older adults, that have had a stroke, and that have developmental impairments. Sometimes, there's no clear sign that food or fluid is going down the upside-down. But most of the times, you: Feel something embeded your throat; Hurt when you swallow, or it's hard to do; Cough while or after you drink or eat; Feel crowded after you consume or drink; Have a gurgling or "wet-sounding" voice when you eat. Other signs are: Too much saliva in your mouth; Chest discomfort or heartburn; Shortness of breath or fatigue while consuming; Fever within a half-hour of consuming; Frequent pneumonia; Trouble eating.

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