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This symptom can also be referred to as:
Aspiration

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3 Potential Entry of Food and Liquids in the Airways Causes

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  1. 1.Aspiration Pneumonia

    Aspiration Pneumonia occurs when food, saliva, liquids, or vomit is breathed into the lungs or airways leading to the lungs, causing an infection.

    8 days with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, fever, coughing up green or yellow phlegm
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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  2. 2.Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

    Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening lung condition that prevents enough oxygen from getting to the lungs and into the blood due to severe fluid buildup in both lungs. It can happen in anyone over the age of 1 who is critically ill.

    This is a serious life-threatening conditions. People who survive may recover completely, while others may experience lasting lung damage.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    shortness of breath, constant difficulty breathing, being severely ill, abnormally high heartrate, entry of food and liquids in the airways
    Symptoms that always occur with acute respiratory distress syndrome:
    shortness of breath, abnormally high heartrate, being severely ill, constant difficulty breathing
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  3. 3.Achalasia

    Achalasia is a disorder of the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. This condition affects the ability of the esophagus to move food into the stomach.

    Relief after surgery in 80-85% of people

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain below the ribs, regurgitation, unintentional weight loss, heartburn, deep chest pain, behind the breast bone
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Entry of Food and Liquids in the Airways

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?

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Entry of Food and Liquids in the Airways Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced entry of food and liquids in the airways have also experienced:

    • 17% Cough
    • 5% Fatigue
    • 4% Shortness of Breath
  • People who have experienced entry of food and liquids in the airways were most often matched with:

    • 15% Aspiration Pneumonia
    • 10% Achalasia
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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