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How to Remove a Fish Bone Stuck in Throat

Updated on May 4, 2015
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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?

Symptoms

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!

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      Krispy 2 weeks ago

      Tried everything mentioned.

      Olive oil and huge gulp of water did the trick,instantly relieved

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      George Naliyan 8 weeks ago

      Take a morsel of rice or banana

      Thats what I do and it works!!

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      shaina 2 months ago

      I dont kno what to do I ate lots of bread n nothing worked n my throat feels uncomfortable so someone tell me what to do

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      Chandra lekha Chatterjee 2 months ago

      Thanks for great and useful imformati

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      kanna 7 months ago

      thanks...still hurts...will try these

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      Cynthia 9 months ago

      Peanut butter just helped me. Thank you for this information. I was getting worried, thought I had to go to the ER. Thanks again.

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      Ada 11 months ago

      Tried, bread, salt water, nuts and lots more not written here, took a spoon or more of vegetable oil, and it's gone. Thanks for this

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      clm 12 months ago

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

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      iwani poloko 14 months ago

      a banana really works

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      Eroshini 15 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.

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      jesse 15 months ago

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

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      affluent. 15 months ago

      The Bread and olive oil worked for me instantly. Thanks

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      yuliana 18 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:((

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      Laure 19 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!!

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      tyra 21 months ago

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

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      momo 21 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 :'(

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      densie, new York 21 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

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      Asha 23 months ago

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

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      mrpine 23 months ago

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

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      Bsilky 24 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

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      red 2 years 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

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      minette mccrimmon 2 years 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

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      Dr D's advice 2 years ago

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

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      }Yoko 2 years ago

      Salt water worked!

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      ARUN THAKUR 2 years ago

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

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      Cabz 2 years ago

      how will you know if your throat get infected?

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      Wasik Billah 2 years ago

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

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      Sankar.. 2 years 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.

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      Kristy 2 years 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

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      Prasen 2 years 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..

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      monali 2 years ago

      please help me

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      Yogesh Shrikhande 2 years ago

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

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      Jen 2 years 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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      Shaan 2 years 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

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      Jose 2 years ago

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

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      yow 2 years ago

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

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      Nancy Zhang 2 years 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...

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      raimond 2 years ago

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

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      vj 2 years ago

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

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      ss 2 years ago

      Thanks sir

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      Avi 2 years 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.

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      kneec 2 years ago

      Thanks for all the suggestions. Feel better now

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      ace 2 years ago

      i think cake help a lot really :)

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      chen 2 years ago

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

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      Ebo 2 years ago

      Really need help

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      Hz 2 years 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 :)))

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      ymsmash 2 years 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

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      jack 3 years ago

      Does coke really work?

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      jessie 3 years ago

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

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      syafiq 3 years ago

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

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      Nour 3 years ago

      Got Homeo medicine, pls pray for me

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      Coral 3 years ago

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

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      june 3 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.

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      yammu 3 years ago

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

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      Sailosi 3 years ago

      Now I hate eating fish

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      Kitty 3 years ago

      Bread works! Thank you!!!

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      Lucy 3 years ago

      Thanks

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      M.Abbasi 3 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

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      vernessa bass 3 years ago

      I got pièces fishbone stuck in side my throat

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      Dalila 3 years ago

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

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      BallerMD 3 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!

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      Shakeel 3 years ago

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

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      chrisie 3 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.

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      Lay 3 years ago

      Sorry but you not helping me

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      Lay 3 years ago

      Thank for helping get the fish bone out my throat

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      Mudar Ahmed Abdulsat 3 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.

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      Mark 3 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.

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      ac 3 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.

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      3 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 ....

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      Rj 3 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.

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      Honey 3 years ago

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

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      kiwi 3 years ago

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

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      sophie 3 years ago

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

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      nba 3 years ago

      thanks a lot

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      grace 3 years ago

      lemon soda with salt added works

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      NOT 3 years ago

      NOT HEPING

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      Pooja 3 years ago

      Its not working plz help mi out plz

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      znylmhine 3 years ago

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

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      sasha 4 years ago

      Drank Olive Oil but didn't work.

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      Sahida 4 years ago

      what can i do to get rid of fish bone.

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      fish bones suck 4 years ago

      it didn't work at all. =(

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      Norma 4 years ago

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

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      Al 4 years ago

      Thanks a zillion. You're an Angel

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      anon 4 years ago

      Thanks for the help

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      me. 4 years ago

      coke works :)

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      KLGirl 4 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!

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      Nick 4 years ago

      Thanks a lot

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      Atif 4 years ago

      Thank You. This helped in an emergency.

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      shah farhan 4 years ago

      thanx

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      Hari 4 years ago

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

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      Abhishek 4 years ago

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

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      rox505 5 years ago

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

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

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