Choking on food happens to all of us, especially when we swallow a fishbone accidentally and it gets stuck in the throat, causing a lot of pain sometimes.
This is one of the most common fears among people who love eating fish. This can be painful and annoying, but it’s not really something to worry about too much.
You can either wait patiently and hope that the bone dislodges itself, go straight to the doctor, or do several things at home to help the bone move along.
There are several home remedies you can try safely.
1. Try a marshmallow
Grab a big jumbo-sized marshmallow and pop it in your mouth. Chew it a tiny bit, just enough to make it melty and sticky, and small enough to swallow. As soon as possible, gulp the marshmallow down, swallowing it whole.
The sticky goop of the confection should “grab” the bone from wherever it’s lodged and pull it straight down your gullet.
Coughing is usually your first instinct and the best one. The forced air could loosen the bone from your throat. You may have to cough hard for a few minutes to get the job done.
3. Eat bread
If you’ve ever used a piece of bread to clean up broken glass, you know it’s a pretty effective trick. The bread is soft enough to allow the glass to stick to the surface. The same thing is true of fish bones. Try eating chunks of bread- but don’t chew them too small. The bread may dislodge the bone as you swallow, according to DW.
4. Try olive oil
It sounds a bit gross, but olive oil is a great lubricant and it’s edible. As a bonus, oils don’t dissolve quickly so it works better than water or milk. Oils are heavier than other liquids too which may make the bones heavier so they’ll dislodge naturally.
5. Seek medical attention
If you can’t get rid of the fishbone and it doesn’t dislodge naturally, you may want to speak to a doctor. Leaving the bone in your throat could cause an infection. If you experience a sore throat or other symptoms several days or weeks after dislodging a bone, see a medical professional.
Note: Never use a utensil or other foreign object to try and dislodge the bone.