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Apple peel stuck in throat for days - please help!

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 18, 2010
  • 00:53 PM

Ten days ago I was eating a piece of apple and felt a lump of it slide down the wrong way. I coughed up a bit of the flesh, but the peel stayed stuck fast and is still there. It feels like it's too big/curved/flexible to make it back out of the larynx.

After 3 days I saw my doc, who didn't seem concerned as I can breathe and swallow. After 5 days I went to A&E, where an endoscope of my throat showed nothing. But the peel is definitely still there. The ENT doc said I can make an outpatient appt if I still have problems, but I should wait two weeks first.

Everyone wants to tell me it's just residual soreness but I can tell it's genuinely still there - I can feel it moving around, sometimes it 'curls up' and hurts, sometimes it tickles my throat but I still can't cough it out. it's giving me no mercy. Surely it must soften or break up eventually? How long is this likely to take? I'm trying to be patient with it because I fear if I go back to ENT again, they still won't find anything.

Working on the assumption that the peel is real, any advice to get the thing to soften/decay and come out on its own would be very welcome. Thank you.

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  • No one has any advice? I'm still suffering and it's showing no sign of softening or departing...Please can anyone at all help with advice on how to get rid of it? ENT said that as it's 'only vegetable matter', it's not important and they couldn't do anything even if they could see it... but I am really uncomfortable and losing the will to live. I would just like some idea of how long it will take to go of its own accord because I'm desperate now.
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    • February 22, 2010
    • 00:46 PM
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  • Ten days ago I was eating a piece of apple and felt a lump of it slide down the wrong way. I coughed up a bit of the flesh, but the peel stayed stuck fast and is still there. It feels like it's too big/curved/flexible to make it back out of the larynx.After 3 days I saw my doc, who didn't seem concerned as I can breathe and swallow. After 5 days I went to A&E, where an endoscope of my throat showed nothing. But the peel is definitely still there. The ENT doc said I can make an outpatient appt if I still have problems, but I should wait two weeks first. Everyone wants to tell me it's just residual soreness but I can tell it's genuinely still there - I can feel it moving around, sometimes it 'curls up' and hurts, sometimes it tickles my throat but I still can't cough it out. it's giving me no mercy. Surely it must soften or break up eventually? How long is this likely to take? I'm trying to be patient with it because I fear if I go back to ENT again, they still won't find anything.Working on the assumption that the peel is real, any advice to get the thing to soften/decay and come out on its own would be very welcome. Thank you.[/II know exactly how you feel, I was eating an apple 3 days ago and a piece went down wrong. It got stuck in the back/side of my throat and is still there. It is driving me nuts! I've tried gargling, drinking efferescent drinks, coughing, hot/cold everything but no use. People have been telling me it will disloge itself. Hang in there.
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  • I would be very interested in a solution or to know how long this took to go away. I found this post by Googling "apple peel stuck in my throat" because the same thing happened to me last week and it is still driving me nuts.
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  • I would be very interested in a solution or to know how long this took to go away. I found this post by Googling "apple peel stuck in my throat" because the same thing happened to me last week and it is still driving me nuts.I just wanted to reply back in case other people experience the same thing. I must have just scratched my throat with the apple peel because it gradually got better and I am now back to feeling normal. It lasted about 2 1/2 weeks of feeling like in was stuck in my throat. If gargling helps relieve the discomfort, there is a technique that helps get a little deeper. When you are gargling, try to make the sounds oooooh......aaaaah.........meeeeeee.......leeeeeee. May want to practice with water.
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