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why do people say it go down the wrong pipe i choked on water. and was like are their 2 pipes? if so how does it know how to seperate. what it needs to seperate. sorry if this is confusing didnt really know how to ask this?
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replied September 28th, 2007
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Of course there are two pipes!

Food goes down the one pipe and air goes down the other pipe. They start out as one at your mouth but break into two a little bit down in your throat. There is a valve (like a door) that closes on one to prevent the wrong thing from going down it.

Air goes into the lungs, and food goes into the stomach. Air in the stomach is bad and food in the lungs is bad.

When someone says "it went down the wrong pipe" they mean that food or drink went into the pipe that goes to the lungs. The little door didn't work right. They were probably trying to breathe and swallow at the same time, which humans can't do.

Having food or drink go down the wrong pipe is painful and makes you cough, because you need to get the food or drink out of the pipe that goes to the lungs, otherwise it will be blocked and then you can't breathe!!!
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replied September 28th, 2007
your my new friend. your so smart
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replied September 29th, 2007
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Lol. I simply know a lot about biology ^^
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replied May 18th, 2009
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This can result in asperation pneumonia right?What can be done to reduce the changes of asperation pneumonia in the elderly?
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replied July 20th, 2010
actually babies can drink AND breath at the same time... or else they'd choke while breast-feeding. But what happens is the placement of the flap changes which allows you start choking on food and such but as a bonus, gives you the ability to talk.
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