I have a son who is 17 and he has a problem of coughing after he eats, he say's that it feels like a tickle in the back of his throat. It usually will last one to two hours after he eats, he'll have a dry hacky cough and is constantly sounding like he needs to clear his throat. I'm wondering if this is something he needs to get checked out? Who should I take him too?
The voice box or larynx is at the base of the throat. The cough reflex resides there and is a protective response to prevent saliva or food from entering the lungs. Anything that irritates the larynx can cause that tickle sensation that leads to a cough with little stimulation. The usual causes of this irritation are acid reflux from the stomach and post nasal drip from allergies. treating both of these will usually eliminate the cough.
In your son's case, he may have a swallowing problem that causes the food to get stuck and irritate the voice box. you should take him to see an ear, nose and throat doctor.
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