Abby Jacobson, Speech Pathologist, Banner Baywood Medical Center
Question: Why Do I cough every time I have something to drink?
Answer: Coughing with liquids could be a potential sign of a swallowing problem. The perception of liquid going down the “wrong pipe” could indicate entry of fluid into the lungs, which can lead to a serious condition called aspiration pneumonia.
If you consistently cough or choke on liquid or food or experience any of the following signs/symptoms, contact your physician immediately. If you would like more information on aspiration pneumonia, please call the Banner Health referral service at (602) 230-CARE.
Signs and symptoms of a swallowing problem may include:
- Coughing/choking on food and/or liquid
- Wet/gurgling vocal quality
- Repeated swallowing
- Pocketing of food into the cheeks
- Increased body temperature (fever) after eating/drinking
- Increased congestion after eating/drinking