What Happens When Food Goes Down Your Windpipe?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 28, 2020 2:52:54 AM ET

When a person gets food caught in his windpipe, his natural reaction is to start coughing in an attempt to dislodge the food and return it to the esophagus, states the Huffington Post. This usually occurs when a person accidentally inhales food by unknowingly relaxing his mouth and throat muscles.