How to Remove a Fish Bone Stuck in Throat


Fishbone Stuck in Throat?

This is one of the most common fears among people who love eating fish. After all, we eat fish that taste good, regardless of what kind of bones they have. Of course we're careful, but sometimes, bones can be overlooked and swallowed, and get stuck.

What causes a bone to get stuck is a contraction of the throat muscles, which causes the bone to lodge itself in the wall of the throat. 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.

If you don't want to rush to the emergency room, below you will find several things you can do yourself to get rid of that bone.

Is that a BONE stuck in my THROAT?


Having a bone stuck in your throat can be extremely uncomfortable. You will feel worried, irritated, and may even feel like vomiting (if you have a strong gag reflex). Other times, you may not notice it at all except when using your throat for certain things (like when you swallow). Sometimes you know exactly what happened right when you swallow, but other times it's hard to know for sure if there's a bone stuck in your throat or not.

If you're unsure, stand in front of a mirror or get some help from a friend. Use a flashlight to try to find the bone, if possible. Most of the time, it may not be possible since the bone might be located too deep in the throat.

Even if you're not entirely sure if there's a bone or not, or exactly where it's stuck, the methods described below should help you.

Methods for Removing Fish Bone from Throat

Try these methods only if there is no bleeding and the pain is bearable. Otherwise, a doctor’s care is the best way to go. I suggest using all these methods, again and again, in order to help dislodge that bone from your throat.

  • Drink lots of water, preferably with a pinch of salt added. This can help dislodge a small fish bone.
  • Swallow some solid food. Try small balls of boiled rice or bites of banana or bread. If that doesn't work, some say that eating something sticky and thick, like marshmallows or bread with peanut butter, might do the trick. The food may catch on the bone and pull it along down to your stomach.
  • In China, they say that diluted vinegar will do the trick, soften the fish bone, and make it dissolve. Although the amount of acetic acid in the vinegar might be too little to soften the bone, it's worth a try.
  • Folklore says to drink orange or lemon juice. The citric acid is believed to do the same trick of softening the bone.
  • Some countries use olive oil. The oil will coat the throat and help the bone slide down. The oil will offer some soothing relief for the irritation, as well.
  • Lastly, the “modern method” consists of drinking some bubbly soda.

Q: Will a fishbone hurt my stomach or intestines?

A: Don't worry. The acids in your stomach should be strong enough to dissolve the bone.

Bone in Throat: What NOT to Do

  • Avoid coughing or straining your throat, as it might push the bone further into the esophagus.
  • Never try inserting any object into your throat to remove the fishbone. That might work for a clogged sink, but this is different!
  • Do not try to push or massage the throat externally with your hand, as the fish bone can get jammed.
  • If none of these remedies work, and you can't dislodge the bone, don’t just suffer; go to a doctor to have it removed. Leaving a fishbone stuck in your throat for more than a day might result in infection.
  • If your throat swells or becomes constricted, or if your breathing is impaired, don't wait, just go to the doctor.

I hope it worked! Be sure to check out the comment section below to see what methods worked for readers, and add your story to help others!

Comments 87 comments

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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

Very interesting hub. Fish bones do panic me, so I found this hub very useful.

rox505 4 years ago

Nice and very useful. Fishbones in your throat are very irretating and i found this very useful.

Abhishek 3 years ago

thanks a lot for this useful information. it helped a lot.

Hari 3 years ago

It's very helpful to me......:)

shah farhan 3 years ago


Atif 3 years ago

Thank You. This helped in an emergency.

Nick 3 years ago

Thanks a lot

KLGirl 3 years ago

I experienced this problem last night!

Being Asian, I gulped down rice and banana. Didn't work.

Then my son asked me to drink vinegar because he read it from "Top Survival Tips" a book by Asiapac Books Singapore.

Happy to report, it worked!

me. 3 years ago

coke works :)

anon 3 years ago

Thanks for the help

Al 3 years ago

Thanks a zillion. You're an Angel

Norma 3 years ago

Thanks for the advice about choking fish bone remedy, I got the idea how to eliminate the drinking coke...Godbless..

fish bones suck 3 years ago

it didn't work at all. =(

Sahida 3 years ago

what can i do to get rid of fish bone.

sasha 3 years ago

Drank Olive Oil but didn't work.

znylmhine 2 years ago

Coke much better...thnk'z....

Pooja 2 years ago

Its not working plz help mi out plz

NOT 2 years ago


grace 2 years ago

lemon soda with salt added works

nba 2 years ago

thanks a lot

sophie 2 years ago

Thank you for the advise, after 2 sips of coke i felt the bone dislodged. My misery ended.

kiwi 2 years ago

So far nothing is working. I can feel it in my throat but can't reach it. I have a headache now.

Honey 2 years ago

Thanks God ....bnana works well eat bnana wid speed

Rj 2 years ago

About five large bites of carrots(chewed) worked for me. The bone was lodged in my upper throat. With every bite the bone made it further down. I think any dense food like carrots or broccoli would work. I would try this before you drink oil or some salt concoction.

2 years ago

Unless you have a fish bone in your throat you would not panic.... But I have tried everything ... Now going for the whiskey ....

ac 2 years ago

Coke works! It made the pain go away. Aft we spending hours at the hospital, I find it funnh thag coke made it better instead of the doctor. Thank god for coke.

Mark 2 years ago

Guys, this is interesting.

Here's what i tried so far,

1. Tried a bulk of rice - didn't work

2. 2 bananas - didn't work

3. Bread - nope

4. dink coke - not again

I tried bubble gum, 2 stick, chew it for a while, voila, my throat was cleared.

Mudar Ahmed Abdulsat 2 years ago

i went to a nose, ear and throat doctor and he pulled it in two seconds, please go to a doctor and he will solve it instantly.

Lay 2 years ago

Thank for helping get the fish bone out my throat

Lay 2 years ago

Sorry but you not helping me

chrisie 2 years ago

This was really helpful, the orange juice worked I actually coughed up a huge bone right after I drank half a cup of orange juice.

Shakeel 2 years ago

Cokes worked for me....thanks.....

BallerMD 2 years ago

Got a big piece of stubborn bone stuck in my throat. Though I could see it I still could not reach it. The nurse at my VA hospital told me to come to the ER since it felt like it was cutting into my throat when I swallow. Thinking there should be an easier solution, I came here and found your tips. First tried drinking a full glass of water - no luck. Next up? Halfway threw eating a thick piece of bread, "wa la", bone is gone... THANKS SO MUCH - No need to go to the ER!

Dalila 2 years ago

I tried everything and it didn't work but eating a carrot worked

vernessa bass 2 years ago

I got pièces fishbone stuck in side my throat

M.Abbasi 2 years ago

Thanks a lot

It is very useful informations

My wife was suffering and we tried olive oil after that the fish bone gone

This is awesome

Lucy 2 years ago


Kitty 2 years ago

Bread works! Thank you!!!

Sailosi 2 years ago

Now I hate eating fish

yammu 2 years ago

I use fifth method. Lime juice work for me. Thank you ^-^

june 2 years ago

I did everything in the list ... first with a flashlight, found it and I did

The water and a pinch of salt ... didn't work I did feel it move down a bit.

next the solid food I got a banana ended up eating two.. didn't go down .. The bread felt like it was helping but I still felt it and could see it.

Next olive oil, just two table spoons and I felt like throwing up. This one did however helped me not feel it so much so I could sleep that night. before sleeping I did however had some coke .. I just really wanted it to go down. it didn't work but I tried.

The next morning I had lots of water & my mom got me some apple Vinegar & with 3 drinks I coughed it up.

Thanks for the tips tho !! it helped me not freak out too much :) Hope my comment helps others.

Coral 2 years ago

Take 1-2 spoons olive oil then eat some solid food like banana or rice to push it down.

Nour 2 years ago

Got Homeo medicine, pls pray for me

syafiq 2 years ago

I started to get headed and i tried swallowing bread but did not work.

jessie 2 years ago

Its not working!i ate banana ,drank coke and water with salt ,then peanut but did not work

jack 2 years ago

Does coke really work?

ymsmash 23 months ago

i pulled it out using my hands

u don't even need to go to the doctor just be a man and pull it out

im a bit horrified to see so much blood in my fingers but who cares at least i got it

Hz 23 months ago

Had the same problem. Tried banana, coco cola etc for 1 hour... failed.. Went to hospital, went to specialty hospital, took x-ray. Scheduled endoscope appointment. In last attempt took big bowl of rice followed by banana ! and its gone :)) feel like dancing :)))

Ebo 21 months ago

Really need help

chen 20 months ago

I'll try to eat Egg Pie and I drink Pearl Shakes and some bananas :D

ace 20 months ago

i think cake help a lot really :)

kneec 20 months ago

Thanks for all the suggestions. Feel better now

Avi 19 months ago

I have to share this! Fish bones can be removed by Naga treatment. Using wild animal natural ability. No surgery , just a rub on the thoart and its gone after 10 minutes.....I have done it myself twice or thrice.

ss 19 months ago

Thanks sir

vj 18 months ago

Very helpful ate something solid and it was pushed down..

raimond 18 months ago

what is naga treatment? I have a fish bone almost 3months still not remove anybody help me remove neck still swelling bigger and bigger..

Nancy Zhang 17 months ago

Seriously i tried everything, Coke only soothes it for awhile peanut butter just makes my throat all sticky lemon and limes just made me throw up, rice and bananas don't get me started...

yow 17 months ago

It didn't help at all! Did the salt and water, peanut butter with bread, rice, and coke...and it didn't work!!!!

Jose 17 months ago

.....drink olive oil followed by bread. It worked!!!

Shaan 16 months ago

i swallowed a fish bone and I tried banana but it did not work so I have a glass of lemon and soda mixed I had a sip and I burbed and it was out of my throat

Jen 16 months ago

I have fish bone in my throat for last nite now my throat was painful I try olive oil,banana, marshmallow, line, rice did not work what should I do? Pls help me thanks

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Yogesh Shrikhande 16 months ago

Thanks very Much Cold Drink Solved My Problem But My Throat Get Infected Any Solution for Infection

monali 16 months ago

please help me

Prasen 15 months ago

It really works...Fish bone struck in my father's throat ..i did the bread trick..& it really works...Thx a ton for this really usefull tips..

Kristy 15 months ago

I have a fish bone stuck in my throat and I'm just a kid and I'm really scared plz find me a way to get it out

Sankar.. 15 months ago

Thanks... tried water. Tried bread. Tried rice. Didn't work. Disappointed... was reading all the comments thinking where would I have coke at 2:30 am. Checked the refrizara Just kept on swallowing and to my utmost pastonishment it was gone.. bingo.

Wasik Billah 14 months ago

Tried rice, puffed rice, biscuits, lemon water with salt...none of them. I guess I have to go to a doctor.

Cabz 13 months ago

how will you know if your throat get infected?

ARUN THAKUR 13 months ago

Sir I have also problem last night fishbone stuck in my throat ....pls suggest me best way to it out

}Yoko 13 months ago

Salt water worked!

Dr D's advice 13 months ago

Eat a raw cracked egg yoke and a slice of bread! It definately works!

minette mccrimmon 12 months ago

Please God, Go,to a ENT doctor they go down your nose and take the fish bone out your throat! ! in less then five minutes because they remove mine September 31,2015 I love my ENT doctor they rock thank God for them all!!!!!!!! God is Good

red 12 months ago

Get a xray at the er and the Dr will call a E N T Dr in to remove it please you don't want a infection in your throat Thank God for hospital E R God is amazing

Bsilky 12 months ago

I tried pop last nite wen it 1st hpnd tried vinegar and lemon juice none wrkd then i ended up puking and it didnt wrk either then i tried some bread and thgt it wrkd and it did mostly but still hv sm there so need new ideas ty so much ppl ur awesome and very helpful

mrpine 11 months ago

Gargled salt water and off it went...thanks for the tips.

Asha 11 months ago

Eating cashew helped my 4 year old daughter at 10 pm, thanks

densie, new York 9 months ago

Jan 6 , 2016

Thanks sooo much,in my throat for over 24 hrs,then I went on Google, I did the bread and peanut butter, out in a minute

momo 9 months ago

please help, the bone has been stuck for over 12 hours now and i tried the banana trick and it didn't work :'(

tyra 8 months ago

it didnt work ;( my only option is to got to a clinic. but im afraid of medical people

Laure 6 months ago

Thank you so much!!!! I was so scared I accidentally felt like I swallowed somthing and I ate some break and coughed out the fish bone :D thank you!!! Never eating fish with bones again. Thanks!!

yuliana 6 months ago

I got fish bone in my troat last 4days and i tried all the things like bread,banana,coke,olive oil,salt water,lemon juice but did not work :((( very sad really suffering ,i guest i have to go to the clinic for help:((

affluent. 3 months ago

The Bread and olive oil worked for me instantly. Thanks

jesse 3 months ago

A friend told me to jump off a chair, and it worked!

Eroshini 2 months ago

My 11yr old son got a fish bone stuck in his throat we tried rice balls, water, olive oil, soda with lime, banana and many things over hours didn't work. After few hours we again tried a few warm rice balls and yes the rice balls went down the throat and the fish bone came out the mouth. The rice balls story is the oldest method that works.

iwani poloko 2 months ago

a banana really works

clm 2 weeks ago

This article is very helpful. Coke did it for me.

Fizz 3 days ago

Olive oil w o rked magic

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