When food fragments get stuck in the upper respiratory track, it leads to choking. Fishbone is one of the food fragments which get stuck in the throat accidently. Fish bone stuck in the throat can cause obstruction, pain in the throat, chest and abdomen. If fishbone in throat causes the throat to swell or get constricted, it will lead to breathlessness. In such cases, it is essential to get the fishbone out of the throat, reduce the pain and get the breathing back to normal.

How to Get a Fishbone Out of Your Throat

A fishbone stuck in the throat can be very uncomfortable and it is important to know how to get a fishbone out of your throat in such situations. Coughing heavily is the first thing you should try as it can help in dislodging the bone. Given below are few more methods on how to get a fishbone out of your throat.

Eat marshmallows. Eating a mouthful of marshmallows is an old remedy to get the fishbone out. Since the marshmallows have a thick and spongy texture, it gets sticky on chewing and helps in dislodging the fish bone. Once you have swallowed the marshmallows, check for the presence of fish bone, if it has not dislodged, repeat with another mouthful.


Eat nuts. Take a comfortable mouthful of nuts like peanuts, pecan, walnuts and almonds. When you chew them well, they have a coarse texture and this helps in loosening the bone. You can drink water or some other liquid to wash down the nuts before trying this again.


Eat bread. You can try different types of bread like dry bread, sliced bread, corn bread, hard rolls or whole wheat bread. You can take a comfortable mouthful, chew it till moist and swallow. Drink water or fluids to clear the throat.


Try salty water. Sip on water to which a pinch of salt is added, it will help in dislodging the fish bone and carrying it to the stomach.


Drink olives juice. Boil olives in water and drink the juice while it is warm. The bone softens due to this and slides down the throat. You can also try sipping warm olive oil, as it will soothe the cuts in the throat caused by the fish bone.


Take some sticky rice. A large ball of sticky rice gulped down without sticky rice can cause the fish bone to get stuck in it and slide down with the rice into the stomach.


Have some banana. Eating a large piece of banana and let it stay in your mouth for about 1-2 minutes, then swallow it without chewing, which can also take the fishbone along with it. You can drink water to help in swallowing the banana easily.


Drink diluted Vinegar. A method popular in China, on how to get a fishbone out of your throat, is drinking diluted Vinegar. The vinegar helps in softening the fish bone, thus dislodges the bone from the throat easily. However, the amount of acetic acid in vinegar is very less to actually soften the bone.

  • It is not very easy to remove a fish bone stuck in the throat. Knowing where the fish bone is stuck before trying to remove it is essential. Never try inserting any object in the throat to remove the fish bone on your own. Once the bone is removed, the pain and discomfort disappears. However, you should check if it has caused any bleeding or injury in the throat. Should anything serious occur, do not hesitate to get medical care.

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  • rohiniDec.4 18:49
    Thank you so much...I finally tried the peanut butter and bread and it worked. I was panicking!!!
  • BobbyNov.9 09:01
    Thank you so much for all the various tips.however mine got displaced by eating a whole big banana! I burped huge twice and with the tremor came out the bone and got down my system. Phew otherwise I tried rice lumps, bread, warm lemon juice but none of them worked.thanks again for helping me out.
  • TOct.28 00:32
    I would like to add to the list which is Party size Sausage rolls. Tried everything as mentioned, was about to go to Hospital after I had morning tea at work. Had a few Party sausage rolls and the fish bone came free.
  • Feroz AhmedOct.25 08:46
    Thank you so very much..!! the bread therapy worked for me.. :)
  • Kate HarrisonOct.24 23:24
    I've tried the bread, the sticky rice and the diluted vinegar but nothing worked. The fish bone has been stuck in my throat for almost 10 hours and I think it's already swollen. What should I do?
  • Thanks for the info. Really! Really! Really it works. I suffered for almost 3 weeks of milkfish bone (the tail part) stuck in my throat. I ate large of banana not works, I ate plain rice still not works. What I did is I ignored maybe in a few days it will gone but still can't eat well. So this, time I sat down and search "How to remove fish bone in my throat? I saw this methods and I tried mouth full of peanut butter and bread instantly removed it.(just once) but I ate 3rd times for sure. Thank you. Thank you. MABUHAY!
  • RonniOct.20 20:00
    Couldn't find marshmallows or any of the other remedies except walnuts. Chewed them up and then swallowed them with a few sips of warm water. Success!! Thank you who ever wrote these suggestions.
  • AnnmaryOct.20 13:28
    thnk u for the tips.. I did the banana trick but it didn't work. I'm so desperate to dislodge the fish bone. Next i did the peanuts trick , voila! In just a swallow of 1 pack happy peanuts instantly the fish bone removed. ???? it just happed awhile ago.
  • Sang MOct.8 19:02
    I did try the banana and the peanut butter/bread - they gave me some relief but did not dislodge the bone. It was a long fish bone with a forked end. I finally, very gently used my index finger to feel around and get it out. You have to be super gentle or you will gag. But if you are very quick and gently (and the bone is no further than the very back of your tongue) you can get it out with your hand! Thanks for the tips anyways though - they gave me some relief and stopped me from panicking.
  • ErikaOct.8 04:10
    Try all of these methods. If they fail to work, however; see your doctor as the bone can quickly cause an infection. I had a fish bone stuck in my throat several years back and nothing worked. My primary care doctor sent me to an ent who inserted a scope but the bone was too far down for him to retrieve. I ended up needing surgery. Simple surgery but what a pain in the neck!
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