Choking in the throat is no fun; it feels as if something is stuck interfering with one’s ability to swallow. There may be pain and hoarseness of voice as well. Often, a cold or an upper respiratory infection could cause such symptoms of ‘choked throat’. Eating certain foods like chicken, fish etc can sometimes cause tiny bones to get stuck in the windpipe, leading to throat choking. Let us study some easy ways to get rid of these symptoms. We will also discuss home remedies for sore throat and choked or hoarse voice as well.
1. Chicken bone stuck in throat remedies
Following are some of the best remedies for when you have chicken bone stuck in your throat.
- Eat raw eggs– whisk a couple of eggs and drink the raw mixture. The slimy texture of eggs pushes down the stuck bone providing instant relief.
- Banana– Eat a couple of bananas to get rid of choked throat feeling.
- Drink tons of water– Fluids will dislodge the bone and relieve the choked sensation.
- Vinegar– Gargle with some distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar for small chicken or fish bones in the throat. Follow up with bread or rice after gargling.
- Oil– Drink some melted coconut oil or olive oil to remove the stuck bits of bone or food.
- Heimlich maneuver– Stand behind the person choking. Place both hands around her/his waist with one fist above the navel and the other under the breast bone. Hold the fist with the other hand and trust upwards. This will elevate the diaphragm causing the victim to cough throwing out the stuck food.
2. Warm water gargling
Gargle 3-4 times a day to with warm salt water to get rid of mucus. This is the easiest way to get rid of sore throat, choking and voice hoarseness. It is also recommended for pharyngitis, laryngitis and tonsillitis. You can use a mouthwash or antibacterial rinse to gargle. These help stop the pain and help you get rid of mucus and other stuck food bits.
3. Hot compress
A hot compress consists of 3-4 folds of cloth soaked in hot water. Apply the compress to the throat and cover it with dry flannel or a blanket to cut off air circulation. This will help accumulate body heat in the sore region and reduce the choking feeling. You can safely use the compress for several hours.
4. Steam inhalation
Inhaling hot vapors from a steamer can also help you get rid of sore throat and choking in throat. Cover your head with a towel and stand or sit comfortably over a steamer. Add some essential oils like eucalyptus or tea tree oil to the water in the steamer. Inhale deeply for 15-20 minutes. This will clear out the nasal passage and reduce the pressure in the throat. Repeat this remedy twice a day.
A throat massage can prove useful when suffering from hoarseness or choking feeling. Place your hands on the throat with your head thrown backwards. Keep the thumbs under the chin and remaining fingers under the ears. Make downward strokes without exerting too much pressure on the jugular vein.
6. Neti pot
Use the neti pot to rinse out the sinuses. This process can clean out the nasal passage as well as the throat. Fill up the pot with warm salt water and closing one nostril, pour the water in, letting it come out through the other nostril. Switch nostrils and repeat the process. This will relieve choked sensation.
7. Raw juices
If the choking feeling is preventing you from eating anything, consume a juice-only diet. Juices beneficial for the throat include apricot, grapes, lemon, pineapple, carrot, prunes and parsley. Juice of fresh pineapple is particularly beneficial for all kinds of throat afflictions.
Turmeric is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It is very beneficial for sore throat as well as for getting rid of choked voice. Put a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a cup and pour hot milk over it. Stir in some honey and drink this warm mixture several times a day. This is the best medicine for throat choking.
9. Vitamin C
Vitamin C therapy can help all year round to protect from sore throat and other upper respiratory infections. Take 1000 mg of vitamin C at the first sign of throat soreness or hoarseness of voice. Drink plenty of lemon juice as well.
Make a gargling solution with fenugreek seeds. Boil a tablespoon of the seeds in a liter of water for half an hour. Cool the solution and use it for gargling 3-4 times a day. This remedy can relieve pain and inflammation and reduce hoarseness.
11. Epsom salt baths
Epsom salt baths can help relieve influenza, sore throat and other illnesses that cause choking feeling in the throat. Soak in the bath for 10-15 minutes. Follow up with a cool compress applied to the throat.
12. Bishop’s weed
Gargling with an infusion of Bishop’s weed can help relieve sore throat and choking feeling. Boil some seeds or leaves of Bishop’s weed in water. Add some salt and strain the mixture. Use it for gargling several times a day until symptoms disappear.
13. Honey and black pepper
One of the best sore throat remedies, honey works quickly. Mix warm milk with honey and black pepper and drink this mixture 2-3 times a day.
14. Garden radish juice
Garden radish juice squeezed from the root can also decrease hoarseness of voice and coughs.
15. Basil leaves
Extract juice of basil leaves (Holy basil works best) and mix it with honey. Lick the mixture from time to time to get rid of choking sensation.
16. African flower/pelargonium sidoides
Pelargonium sidoides has polyphenols which wipe out bacteria and viruses that reduce duration of sore throat and voice hoarseness.
Try these 16 home remedies for sore throat, choked throat and voice hoarseness to get quick relief.