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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

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: July 11, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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