Posted by: Paul | 2020/02/15


Occasional airway obstruction

For over 10 years occasionally ( maybe 5 times a year ) I will be talking and then suddenly get an airway obstruction. First one was frightening but further ones I learnt to cope with. You can hear the wheezing as I force air into my lungs but once Iver coughed a few times slowly the obstruction goes and I can breathe normally again ..usually lasts less than a minute. Its probably more frightening for my family than me. Today however was frightening even for me, I am just recovering from an ear infection ( first time in over 40 years ) so I was already clearing my throat a lot. I was speaking to my wife and the obstruction happened but this time it was very difficult to breathe at all. Again after a minute and lots of coughing it cleared. I presume I should really go and see a consultant

Expert's Reply


Cough Expert
- 2020/03/02

I agree, you should see a consultant.  Although it's rare, a situation can occur where there's a polyp or a growth in one of the large airways which can obstruct air flow.  At the least you should get a chest x-ray and probably more detailed imaging of the chest.  Your consultant may even order a camera tube test to check for any obstruction as sometimes this can be missed on imaging.  If it still persists then you should see a respiratory therapist who can assist with breathing exercises but first you must go the consultant route to make sure that there's no underlying causes.

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