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What causes hiccups or a choking sensation?



Sometimes when we eat in a hurry, talk or laugh while eating we may get hiccups or choke. This is caused when food particles enter the windpipe .

  • The wind pipe runs adjacent to the food pipe .
  • During the act of swallowing, a flap-like valve called epiglottis closes the passage of the windpipe and glides food into the food pipe .
  • If food particles enter the windpipe, we feel choked and get hiccups or cough.

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