Salvia is that clear liquid produced by the salivary glands. Saliva aids in digestion while washing bacteria and food from the back of the mouth. The body produces typically 1 to 2 liters of saliva per day which the body swallows without difficulty. However, there will probably come a time in our lives when we will choke on saliva. For most people, this is not a severe health concern. People who choke on their saliva receive a diagnosis of hypersalivation which is characterized by an overproduction of saliva. Although choking on saliva happens to everyone, repeatedly choking on saliva may signal an underlying medical problem.
If the muscles involved in swallowing deteriorate or stop functioning correctly, then choking on saliva can occur. Gagging and coughing when you have not eaten or drank anything is a symptom of choking on saliva. You may also notice the following symptoms:
Possible reasons a person might choke on saliva include the following:
Prevention involves the reduction of saliva production, improving the flow of saliva down the throat, and the treatment of underlying health problems that may contribute to the problem. Some helpful tips include the following: