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Signs of a Partially Blocked Windpipe


Signs of a partially blocked windpipe include:

  • Gagging.
  • Coughing.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Mild to moderate anxiety.
  • Wheezing.

The choking rescue procedure (Heimlich maneuver) is not recommended when the above signs are present. A cough will often dislodge the food or object and relieve the symptoms. If coughing does not relieve your symptoms, contact your doctor for evaluation.


By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Messenger, MD
Last Revised July 11, 2011

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