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By Anonymous October 24, 2014 - 6:09am
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For the past 2 years, there have been occasions that if I cough off guard my throat closes and I have to really struggle to breath and it will take a minute or so for my throat to open back up to breath normally.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for seeking our help with your issue.

It sounds like you are experiencing laryngospasm. During a laryngospasm, the vocal cords suddenly seize up or close when taking in a breath, blocking the flow of air into the lungs.

Laryngospasm may be associated with different triggers, such as asthma, allergies, exercise, irritants , like smoke, dust, fumes, stress, anxiety or commonly gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.

Regular exposure to stomach acids can damage and inflame the delicate lining of the esophagus. This damage can lead to momentary spasms of the vocal cords, which close the airway and prevent air and oxygen from getting into the lungs.

The tissues of the larynx are even more delicate and prone to injury than the esophagus. Coughs from a cold can push more acid into the larynx, so a recent or current upper respiratory infection may increase the likelihood of developing laryngospasm.

Anonymous, I strongly suggest you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician.


October 24, 2014 - 9:05am
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