I just read about someone who aspirated a cheerio and I am having the same kind of problem. I think I aspirated a piece of white rice night before last. I coughed a lot trying to make sure it didnt go to my lungs but since then I have a continuing feeling that I have to cough. I can sleep without coughingbut am worried that the rice is still in my branchael area or lungs.Does rice also get absorbed and what should I do to make that feeling go away?My internist just said to take a over the counter cough expectorant and another doctor said that wouldnt help and to take an antacid. What should I do?
If you aspirated a piece of rice, it may take a long time for it to be absorbed. You might try to use gravity in your favor by coughing while in the head-down position. Rice is pretty bland and unlikely to cause infection. If you had aspirated something really irritating, such as a hot chili pepper, there would be more urgency to get it out. The over-the-counter cough expectorant might ease your cough but won't clear the rice. Neither will the antacid.
You should see your doctor and get a chest x-ray if you
I'm not sure but I think a regular chest xray would show any kind of a problem, or if your doctor listened to your lungs he could tell if there was a problem. I think that you would have to aspirate a lot more than a piece of rice in order to cause an infection or something of that nature.
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