Pneumonia occurs when bacteria enters your lungs, when food, stomach acid, or your saliva goes down or comes up the esophagus -- the wrong channel. This condition is called pulmonary aspiration, and can very quickly turn into aspiration pneumonia. If you inhale food or any liquid into your lungs instead of your esophagus, seek medical help.
Aspiration pneumonia may be apparent if you show signs of poor oral hygiene, clearing of the throat, or a wet cough after a meal. Other symptoms include difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, and fatigue. If you recognize these symptoms in yourself or someone who recently inhaled any food or drink, seek medical attention immediately. Call 911 especially if the person in question is under two years of age or over 65.
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