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What Do I Do If I Swallow a Fish Bone?

What to Do If You Swallow a Fish Bone

Over the weekend, my guy and I were enjoying a salmon fillet with soy glaze that we'd made together for dinner, when he got a small pin bone stuck in his throat. I told him I had the perfect solution for his problem, and it wasn't the water he was pounding. Instead, I brought him a soft piece of bread.

When a fish bone gets lodged in your passageways, the best remedy, I've found, is a small chunk of bread — it surrounds the bone, helping to move it down. Of course, if you have serious, persistent pain, seek medical help. You don't, after all, want to wind to wake up weeks later, like a Taiwanese woman did, with a pointed object piercing the side of your neck!

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oni1 oni1 8 years
i can't stand those itty bitty pin bones! that's my lovely tilapia is going to waste in the freezer.
wunami wunami 8 years
@bengalspice: heh, my Bangladesh roommate just told me like last week that his family used to make him do this when he got a fish bone stuck in his throat.
dleighl dleighl 8 years
LOL chiefdishwash!!! I think that's exactly the sound you make when you have a bone stuck in your throat.
goddessru goddessru 8 years
yea... this is why I stopped eating fish years ago. I know I am missing out on some major nutrition but the scales, bones, and smell is enough to never want me to glance twice at a fish dish.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
That fish looks so good. I'm used to eating fish with bones so I don't have those kind of mishaps.
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 8 years
My grandfather always kept some vinegar on the table when he made fish. One quick swig and the vinegar dissolves the bone, but I don't think I could handle drinking straight vinegar. :P
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
this is why I'm so particular about what I eat. I never eat popcorn, and I only eat certain types of fish.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Ow, that sounds painful. I'm kind of glad I don't regularly eat fish now!
wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 8 years
No wonder I avoid most fish all together!
MyssCC914 MyssCC914 8 years
Rice and bread definitely work. You just need to form either of them into a small ball and they get rid of any stuck bones.
mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 8 years
this works for popcorn kernels that get stuck in your throat too!
prencesschris prencesschris 8 years
eww & ouch
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
This happened to me when I was a kid and my mom tried rice and bread to dislodge it but it didn't work. So she gave me some of my brother's leftover birthday cake...I must have eaten 1/3 of the cake before the bone moved. My brother was SOOOOO pissed that I ate his cake! And it was delicious!! Hehehe
weffie weffie 8 years
you could avoid the problem by not eating fish :) but if you have to, try chewing your food lol
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I tend to eat a lot of fish [like the rest of my family ... I guess it's a Bangladeshi thing], and my mom always insists on eating loads of plain white rice to get the bone unstuck. It's probably because cooked white rice is readily available in our house. :-P
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
SO GROSS about that lady!!! yuck!!!!
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