It’s Ok to Brush – Just Don’t Inhale

And you can quote me: "Swallowing toothpaste is one thing. Inhaling it is another, and let me tell you that when that searing hot mint hits your delicate pulmonary tract, you experience a full minute and a half of "oh please God let me die NOW" intense pain with every attempt at breathing."

Posted in My Day, July 27th, 2006

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Who would ever have thought that a seemingly innocent thing like mint toothpaste could incapacitate someone with what can only be described as a “phasers on stun” response to being accidentally inhaled?

Well, let me tell you, don’t try this at home, kids.

When you think about the act of toothbrushing, and how often you do it (uh, hopefully), the fact that you probably don’t hold your breath when you brush your teeth (although you should if you don’t brush your teeth – at least if you are standing near me), and the proximity of all that toothpastey backwash to your epiglottis, well, it’s amazing that this doesn’t happen more often. Certainly it’s the first time that it has happened in my forty-mumbledy-some-odd years.

But there it was. I was brushing my teeth, with Crest cool-as-ice-ultra-minty gel, and somehow, a tiny bit ended up going down the wrong way.

And let me tell you – when that searing hot mint hits your delicate pulmonary tract, you experience a full minute and a half of “oh please God let me die NOW” intense pain with every attempt at breathing, every futile cough which only serves to re-sear the entire length of your trachea as you desparately claw at your throat and chest and wonder if you will ever live to see another episode of Knotts Landing.

Then for the next five minutes the coughing hurts somewhat less (only somewhat), and you have the bizarre sensation of having minty fresh breath that is minty fresh all the way from the bottom of your lungs on up.

An altogether unpleasant experience, and I think I’m switching to Tom’s of Maine orange/mango toothpaste from here on out.

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  1. I feel like God has punished for something! how can I possibly almost die from inhaling the whitening toothpaste foam while brushing my teeth!!?? and the burning ohh the burning … it feels like I got a 3rd degree burn. after 20 mins my voice is hoarse and i am chocking by this thick saliva which I have no idea why are being produced.. the worst thing is that I am trying to clear my throat and it still burns. I am afraid of brushing my teeth again… But I am so relieved that you guys experienced the same; I am not alone haha

    Comment by Angelika — February 17, 2017 @ 7:18 pm

  2. Googled inhaled toothpaste-can it get into the lung, feeling stupid- but thankfully this mass of comments appeared and it called me right down. I feel awful, my throat feels so sore and my eyes are watering, I’m not crying really I’m not.
    I am finding it easier to breathe through my nose now and will do that for a while as breathing through my mouth just makes me want to cough and gag again. The toothpaste was Arm& Hammer truly radiant.
    I honestly thought I was going pass out as breathing was so difficult and painful, almost vomited which I hate. The more I coughed the worse it got but it was instinct to try and clear it, the panic from not being able to breathe was awful,
    I survived but I don’t think it’s over yet.

    Comment by Mrs. John — January 24, 2017 @ 4:14 am

  3. As I typed into google ‘inhaled toothpaste while brushing my teeth’ , I felt a mix of embaressment and stupidity, as well as panic to quickly figure out if I really needed to go to the hospital. I was expecting to find nothing on the ‘accident’ and/or treatment. But I clicked on the first link, and I found you guys. And it makes me feel so much better that I am not the only one to experience this exact same scenario. The first and worst part of the inhalation was the suffocating moment- there was no breath I could take– the coughing saved me, although I felt like it made the pain worse.
    But my ab muscles started clenching, forcing me to regurgitate whatever was there back up. I absolutely hate vomiting and avoid it all the time (I’d rather suffer through a terrible day-long hangover than vomit out the previous nights’ ingestions…) I was freshly out of the shower, not yet dressed and only thoughts of death swarmed into my head; trying to figure out how I would tell 911 what was happening. The coughing just made it worse and would just bring on more gagging / vomiting. I drank loads of water, gargled, but the only thing that allowed it to pass was time. The nuasea went away slowly and now it’s just the throat pain. Shortly after I texted my boyfriend and told him I think i almost died. It really felt like I was going to suffocate to death……
    Anyway, safe to say, I AM a survivor !!!!!!! And thank you all for your great posts. I’m so happy to have found you.
    P.s it’s been almost 2 hours and I still have sandpaper throat and an acid taste. I hope it didn’t do much more damage.

    Comment by Nicole — January 10, 2017 @ 4:42 pm

  4. Colgate tried to kill me too! Inhaled a bit of it and then couldn’t breathe, I thought I was going to die! I drank lots of water and coughed a lot, which burned so much, and then got a popsicle. It’s now about 15 minutes post Colgate inhalation, and the burning sensation is less but still there. Hope it’s gone overnight! Worst thing in the world…

    Comment by Karla Vasquez — December 23, 2016 @ 10:57 pm

  5. Just did this and it feels like sandpaper in my glottis. Hurts to cough. Definitely worst experience I’ve ever had. In the heat of moment I got scared and put my finger down my throat to make myself puke and then I realized how dumb that was.

    Comment by Catie — December 13, 2016 @ 9:54 pm

  6. Hi, I’m Nicky, and I too am a Colgate survivor. I was brushing my teeth when I heard something in the news about war between Russia and USA is Hillary wins and I inhaled in surprise. My throat shut down immediately, I couldn’t breathe, I was coughing! My eyes started to water! every time I coughed felt like sand paper rubbing against my throat. I one point I thought I’d vomit!! It felt like I had held my breath for at least a minute!! It’s been 5 hours and my voice my voice is hoarse. In my 28 years of life I never thought I’d potentially die from brushing my teeth until today! I felt this was too embarrassing to tell people but I feel better knowing that there are other toothpaste breathers out there.:D

    Comment by Nicky — October 21, 2016 @ 1:33 pm

  7. My name is Jeff, and i inhaled toothpaste. *HI JEFF*.
    It all started when I was 40 and coughed while brushing. I have a problem, thank u all.

    Comment by Jeff — September 26, 2016 @ 7:10 am

  8. So I also had this experience this morning. I was alone and somehow inhaled a glob of toothpaste foam. At first I thought I could just cough it out, but then the excruciating burning started, and coughing just made it worse. I couldn’t breathe at one point and started to panic. I then started vomiting but that just brought more acid into the picture, which didn’t help at all. What a nightmare! I thought I was going to die alone on my bathroom floor, foaming at the mouth. What would people think? Surely not that I had died from brushing my teeth? It is now 3 hours later and I’m still coughing and have burning in the back of my throat. I agree there should be some kind of warning on the toothpaste, but also reassurance that you won’t die if it is inhaled but will be extremely uncomfortable. Holding my breath while brushing from now on. Oh, and I am over 40.

    Comment by Patty — September 2, 2016 @ 9:17 am

  9. 53 with habit of choking on own spit. Last night I inhaled toothpaste spit. It is 24 hours later and I am still coughing and clearing my throat. During the night and again this morning, I coughed so hard, I nearly vomited. Now I cannot function because of exhaustion, chest pain from coughing, and a horrible headache. I’m just glad to know that I will survive this lovely. painful, burning experience of fun. Thank goodness I don’t have to go to work today! I am so glad to have found a community of toothpaste breathers to help me understand and cope. Please, never let this happen again!!!!

    Comment by Anne Jenkins — July 29, 2016 @ 9:59 am

  10. Oh my dear god I’m so glad I found this page. It has taken me 23 years to experience pain like this and I hope it never happens again.
    “The incident” happened about 10 mins ago (feels like hours), I thought I would never breathe again and after much coughing, gagging and vomiting as quietly as I can because this happened at 1.30am I will try and sleep it off. If I dont wake up tomorrow tell my family I love them and wage war on Colgate

    Comment by Kiri — June 4, 2016 @ 8:39 am

  11. Sweet jesus have mercy on my airway. I think I coughed up a half gallon of frothy toothpaste cleaned bronchial lung nuggets. The afterburn of vomit pales in comparison. Screw waterboarding, this is torture.

    Comment by Andy Throatferno — June 1, 2016 @ 8:53 pm

  12. When your husband says ‘do you smell something?’ Do not, I repeat, do not inhale while you have toothpaste in your mouth. Oh the pain! Who knew brushing your teeth could be so dangerous! It’s been 10 minutes now and I am still alive.

    Comment by Nic — January 25, 2016 @ 5:06 am

  13. Thank God for Google, I was about to call poison control because I inhaled a bit of toothpaste and my throat feels like it is in one of the circles of hell. Now I know that I am not alone, and apparently no one has died from this….but dang, this hurts.

    Comment by Lara — January 19, 2016 @ 10:29 pm

  14. Thank the lord, i thought i was going to die until i read these. It felt like i swallowed a tube of icy hot and it was hardening in my throat. Absolutely terrifying.

    Comment by Gabe — November 28, 2015 @ 12:30 am

  15. Like most of you…this has never happened to me before. 35+ years and not once…until now. Went to brush my teeth this evening and realized we were out of our usual adult brand so I used Colgate for kids….HOLY CRAP! This is for kids?!?! I hate to think how my 8 year old would handle this as I felt like I was dying. It’s been 15 minutes and my throat is STILL burning………ugh.

    Comment by Christal — November 14, 2015 @ 8:52 pm

  16. When I inhaled I felt the toothpaste go up the pipe somehow and now no amount of water will reach the spot that’s bothering me. I also had a horrible gag reflex and was this close to vomiting. Throat still feels like sandpaper, but at least I found this amazing page.

    Comment by Ryann — November 14, 2015 @ 1:58 am

  17. I thought I was dead.The worst pain every.
    It’s four hours later and I can still hardly talk.
    This shit ain’t funny.
    Colgate suck!!!!

    Comment by Chris — October 22, 2015 @ 2:10 pm

  18. This is hilarious. I just did this (Colgate Triple Action) and I thought I was going to die. I’m glad it seems no one has posted anything implying that the worst is still to come…. unless you all did die?

    We should start a support group.

    Comment by Omar — January 31, 2015 @ 6:17 am

  19. Help me my lungs are on fire!!!

    While I’m struggling for breath slowly falling to the bathroom floor I’ve reached for the toothpaste tube so I can read the fine print for reassurance. While I’m down there suffocating on acid Colgate I can tell you there’s not a warning in sight!!

    I feel let down by Colgate, my parents, television and dentists all around the world for not teaching me about the dangers associated with fresh breath.

    FML … What makes the burning go away?!

    Comment by Lucy — January 9, 2015 @ 2:22 pm

  20. Omg this just happened to me! It hurt so bad I just wanted to be dead because of the pain and struggling to breathe. Then I finally started coughing it up and it felt like someone put a white hot branding iron down my throat. Now it hurts to swallow. I’m holding my breath from now on.

    Comment by Natalie — December 1, 2014 @ 5:44 am

  21. I’m a survivor as well!!! Happened to me the other night, and i legitimately thought that I was dying. It felt like cement was coating my wind pipe. I was on my bathroom floor gasping for breath through my already athsmatic lungs. Drink lots of water and dont try to cough it up because it will probably just hurt more.

    Comment by Norathesurvivor — November 19, 2014 @ 7:28 am

  22. Oh man, this happened nearly an hour ago. My hubby fell right asleep; meanwhile I keep trying to clear my throat from the burning sensation that never ends, grr. This place is freaking hilarious tho, and wildly entertaining;-) Good luck all!

    Comment by Kristie — October 13, 2014 @ 7:56 pm

  23. Just happened to me a hour ago. I couldn’t breath and then started coughing a lot. I’m surprised to see that this has happened to so many other people. I’m holding my breath when I brush my teeth from now on.

    Comment by Tyler — September 1, 2014 @ 7:51 pm

  24. Omg! The pain… Couldn’t breathe for a few second which was scary! Who knew the stuff was so horrible!

    Comment by Dayne — August 29, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

  25. Happened to me this morning. Awful experience. Glad I found this support group to help me thru these tough times :) Can’t help but notice the frequency of comments has really increased this month.

    Comment by ike — August 27, 2014 @ 7:37 am


    Comment by ElleBeth — August 20, 2014 @ 8:23 am

  27. haha 2014 where we google things before going to a hospital, had this experience tonight with the new colgate heat activator toothpaste and oh my god i was scared for my life, never in my 18 years has this happend hahaha

    Comment by hannah — August 14, 2014 @ 9:03 am

  28. Hi everyone, I accidentally inhaled toothpaste foam this morning and it is not 2pm and my lungs still hurt… does anyone know how long it might be before it stops hurting? Thanks :)

    Comment by Hannah — August 13, 2014 @ 6:02 am

  29. Omg. This is awful just done this now and the pain! :O vomiting, coughing… oh the coughing. It doesn’t help but there it wont stop! So glad I’m not alone in this. I never thought toothpaste could be so nasty! 30 years of painfree brushing was clearly just to lure me into a false sense of security! Evil toothpaste.

    Comment by Loveday — August 10, 2014 @ 2:05 pm

  30. I am a survivor too! Put a bit juicy fat bead of toothpaste on the brush, put the brush in my mouth and decided to inhale deeply at the same moment… bad idea, at least it wasn’t foam so it did not go as deep as some others here but let me tell you, the burning, sandpaper effect is an 7 out of 10 on my scale of pain!!

    Vanilla ice cream helped me for the soar throat.

    Comment by Remy — July 7, 2014 @ 10:59 am

  31. Ken, yes! You’re right, it is pretty much exactly like when we had to do the gas in basic training! “Go in the hut, now just crack your mask a little”…holy cow!

    Comment by Annie — June 26, 2014 @ 7:37 am

  32. Good Lord, I am a survivor. For a minute or so I wasn’t sure I would be. I’m in my late forties and was brushing my teeth along side my wife when I spotted a stain on my wife’s shirt and started laughing. I’m not sure how much I inhaled, but it was enough to instantly burn my throat and restrict my breathing to the point of almost getting serious. It reminded me of my Army training when the Drill popped riot control gas and made us inhale for affect. Coughing, tearing, throat on fire and barely able to breath with occasional bouts of almost throwing up. I made it and we’ll be ok.

    Comment by ken — June 25, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

  33. I too am a survivor and also very glad I found this unique group of sufferers. I am 25 and unlike most of the posts on here I suffer from this horrible experience quite often. I choke on food and sadly even my own saliva for no apparent reason! And when I do my body does this convulsing coughing hacking eyes bulging number and in between breaths I have to act like its not that big a deal so no one calls 911. So naturally this occasionally happens while brushing my teeth and never do I experience the searing long lasting (sometimes weeks!) throat pain unless I use normal commercial brands (ie Colgate Whitening). All natural brands like Tom’s of Maine or homemade does not give me the sandpaper throat nor does it give me mouth sores like the (painfully clears throat) other brands.

    Comment by Kay — April 25, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

  34. I am so pleased to find this information. I have just inhaled the toothpaste whilst cleaning my teeth. Oh my God, I seriously (so did my son who was freaking out) thought I was going to die. The pain was absolutely awful. This was followed by the sorest throat ever, and five mins later vomiting.
    Thank God to find this info and realise that I will be Ok.

    Comment by Susie — March 26, 2014 @ 9:31 am

  35. My bro has just done this for the second time his 40 year existence and thought he was dying

    I, on the other hand, accidentally flicked toothpaste with whitening micro crystals into my right eye and the pain was unimaginable. Well, I imagine like acid being slowly poured in to torture someone.

    Comment by Jel Bel — January 17, 2014 @ 9:35 am

  36. In my 28 years of brushing, never had this ever happened. Until now. My husband thought I was dying (so did I) as I hunched over the sink simultaneously gagging, coughing, and gasping for breath – tears streaming down my bright red face. It felt as if I swallowed a red hot sword and washed it down with Drano. I was legitimately terrified. So I did what anyone would do in a such a dire situation: googled “inhaled toothpaste”, confident I would learn I only had hours to live. Seeing now that I’m not alone gives me hope. Hope that the coughing and burning will eventually subside. I’m a survivor.

    Comment by Megan — October 13, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

  37. Can’t believe I just did this. Hurts like hell, currently sucking on an anaesthetic throat lozenge. Unfortunately it’s not doing much. Like many on here in an activity I have practiced twice a day sometimes more for 27 years I have never before inhaled toothpaste.

    Comment by Mike — October 11, 2013 @ 5:20 am

  38. Oh my God! I am happy that my stupidity has led me to at the very least, good company! My throat is absolutely on fire right now and I am praying this gets better by morning. This pain can only compare to the time my husband made me laugh and I accidentally snorted Bailey’s Irish Cream up my nose. Who even knew this could happen?

    Comment by Holly Z — September 7, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

  39. Thank god other people have been through this what I can only describe as a near death experience with Colgate active extra whitening toothpaste! I’m literally frightened to lay down and try and sleep in case my throat closes up completely. Milk is helping a little there should be a warning on the packet!

    Comment by Gill — August 30, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

  40. Just happened to me about 15 minutes ago. It feels like the worse sore throat right now. Anything other than gentle breathing is extremely painful. This includes coughing, swallowing, etc. I hope I dont vomit like others and that it goes away by morning.

    Comment by Sam — August 27, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

  41. Just did this literally my chest is on fire as i speak, I thought I was gonna die omg!!! Does anybody know what to do?

    Comment by Donna — August 25, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

  42. Jumping on the bandwagon!

    I noticed a drop of toothpaste was dribbling out of my mouth so I tried to suck it back in, worst. decision. ever

    a quick google to see if there’s anything I should do about it and here I am

    Comment by Arthur — July 31, 2013 @ 4:41 pm

  43. i am 18 in two days and have suffered from this horrible experiance. I feel like i am going to die but thanks to everyone here i feel ok, im not thowing up but i am sore i inhalled A LOT of foam and my family just keeps telling me to die quietly as my lungs hack away. God i hope this ends soon

    Comment by megan — July 4, 2013 @ 3:47 am

  44. Thank you to my fellow toothpaste inhalers for posting to this thread and convincing me i would live. I did this for the first time ever this morning and I hope my windpipe will rebound. This thread made me feel a whole lot better as I feel I have joined a secret society of careless brushers. And yes, I am in my 40s as well.

    Comment by Victoria — May 9, 2013 @ 8:06 am

  45. Yet another testament of human stupidity.. I fell victim to this unpleasant act of carelessness a few minutes ago. Hopefully, nothing got to the trachea and no foam is clogging my airway. Just have a burning sensation in my throat. Gargled with hot, salty water and I did find it soothed the area quite well. Glad I found this post, it was comforting to know you all ended up ok. xxx

    Comment by Aleksandra — April 10, 2013 @ 9:34 pm

  46. This happened to me just now as well as a few months ago. Not sure why all of a sudden!! Well it burns badly and the only thing that helped is soda. (Diet Dr. Pepper) It’s fizziness seems to soothe the sandpaper quite a bit. Maybe it’s not an age thing…I’m 29.

    Comment by Jennifer — March 12, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

  47. So glad I’m not the only one, lol. Hope I dont get pneumonia. I dont see that anyone did. The burning and the coughing and the dry heaves were enough :)

    Comment by Cathy — March 6, 2013 @ 12:47 am

  48. As above… Same toothpaste even (Colgate whitening). I noticed that a lot of sufferers are 40+, I wonder if that’s significant? Do we suddenly become more careless with our breathing at 40? Thanks for the thread!

    Comment by Pete — March 5, 2013 @ 5:55 am

  49. just did this with colgate extra whitening toothpaste! Inhaled it all a couple moments after putting it into my mouth,felt like i wouldnt ever be able to breath again i drunk water straight away which made it so much worse my mouth was forming up and my saliva was thick as! After coughing it up for around 10 mins i came to google to make sure i wouldnt die within a few hours..glad to see im not alone in such a tramatic near death experiance!!

    Comment by Naomi — February 2, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

  50. I’m a survivor! Just inhaled what can only be described as a block of Oral B Complete Extra Fresh. My first thought was “this will be interesting” quickly followed by “shit I may actually die here”. It’s been 40 minutes and my chest still feels like its on fire. Now hoping I don’t get pneumonia from leaving a tooth cleaning product located in my lungs.

    Comment by Chris — November 3, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

  51. IT FEELS LIKE IM SWALLOWING SANDPAPER! Its stuck in the back of my throat,everytime i swallow the muscles contract and rub together and i think im going to start bleeding soon, this is the worst experience i’ve had in a LONG time!

    Comment by Kyle — October 16, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

  52. Oh wow- just did this!! And just like all of you- straight onto google to research, then posted this link to facie. At least my coughing, gagging, crying and gasping for air was slowly replaced with giggles. Absolutely one of the most horrible experiences ever!!!!! Weirdly comforted by sharing it with you all, fellow toothpaste inhalers. Much love.

    Comment by Em — October 8, 2012 @ 4:58 am

  53. Just inhaled Crest Whitening 3D. Was looking for something to help the pain. Found nothing here, but it’s nice to know I’m not alone. Almost threw up my Chinese buffet food. Throat absolutely burning. At least my breath is super minty and it unclogged my sinuses… still would not recommend.
    My God was that ever painful experience….

    Comment by Won — September 24, 2012 @ 7:53 pm

  54. Typing this while still attempting to clear the long trails of abnormally thick saliva from my mouth. Crest cavity fighting formula for me. Has anyone done the research on this? How can so many of us survived this obviously fatal miscue??? Seriously, I couldn’t breath for at least a 10 count. That is a long time to not have a clue what is going on. Thank god I found some fellow survivors. I’m considering setting up a counselling/meeting group once I’ve recovered, where we can all get together and discuss our near death by toothpaste experiences. Anyone interested?

    Comment by Marc — July 3, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

  55. I just joined this unfortunate club. It was Aquafresh isoactive, same as a few others… Not sure if that’s significant, or just a coincidence. Anyone know how long it takes before the discomfort goes away? I didn’t throw up like a few other people did, but my lungs and throat are not happy with me right now, and my voice is pretty messed up…

    Comment by Andrew — May 7, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

  56. I inhaled toothpaste foam on Saturday morning before a very physical athletic event. I thought I was coughing blood after my race was over, but nothing red came out. Now it’s Monday and it still hurts to breath deep. Rode my bike 10 minutes to get to work and coughed for the first hour of my shift. I think sterenuous exercise may worsten the condition… word to the wise.

    Comment by Dave — September 12, 2011 @ 7:19 am

  57. Hello, my name is Peggy, and I am a toothpaste inhaler. In 43 years of brushing this has never happened to me, and all of a sudden this morning I get to experience the searing pain, coughing spasms, tears (with mascara), gagging, and vomit, all in a matter of minutes. I have been coughing all day.

    Comment by Peggy — August 5, 2011 @ 7:22 am

  58. So I switched to the “Powdered” toothpaste that comes in the little blue bottle. LOVE THAT STUFF in my mouth. HATE IT in my lungs! You kind of have to squeeze little puffs of it out and onto the toothbrush. (It used to come out easier until my kids got ahold of it). Anyway, so you always get this puff when dispensing. Over the course of this week I have managed to inhale two or three of these puffs. For the past 2 days my lungs hurt. They only really hurt when I take a deep breath. With regular breathing I don’t really notice it but if I inhale ALL the way… ouch!

    I recently took up biking so I’m working out more. I’m wondering if my sore lungs are from the toothpaste puffs . . . or from working out.

    Do lungs even get sore from working out?

    Comment by Teresa — June 24, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

  59. Just did this and almost went to wake up my roomate before i could catch my first small grasp if air.

    I actually inhaled a piece and felt very little until i went to cough it up which spread it everywhere. Pain+inabiluty to breath=terrible exprience

    Comment by Maxwell — March 18, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

  60. I just inhaled some as well- the isoactive whitening foaming formula. SO PAINFUL!!!
    I tried to rinse with cold then hot water, and both hurt although hot less (cold makes mint activate in sensation). You can’t really rinse out your wind pipe >_

    Comment by Kate — March 14, 2011 @ 3:58 am

  61. Just, just did this. I feel as though I just voluntarily drank concentrated acid. My throat HATES me. Very glad I’m not the first/I’m not going to die like I was thinking there in the first few minutes of choking.

    Comment by sarah — March 4, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

  62. AHH, i just did this and it feels like i have a beach worth of sand stuck at the back of my throat every time i swallow, cough or even breath. i have vomitted alot and im freaking hoping this horrible feeling is gone by the morning. Im such an idiot, all i did was breathe while brushing my teeth.

    Comment by Erin — December 29, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

  63. Glad to see I’m not the only one. Talk about a cruel way to kill someone: I couldn’t breath at all for a span of seconds, which seemed a life time. Then I started coughing and vomiting and couldn’t stop. Now I’m sitting here with my throat on fire and glad to know I’ll live to see another day and perhaps this too shall pass …

    Comment by Shannon — November 9, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

  64. I have managed to do this twice and both times I too felt like death would be a far better option. Both times I spat up blood, had the horrible minty feeling in my chest, sore throat, mucus and vomiting. I learned from the first time NOT to drink water… For some reason it creates a very frothy and bubbly foam that makes it worse. Constantly clearing your throat is not going to help… You just need to feel the pain and know stupidity caused this :)

    Comment by Jenn — January 27, 2010 @ 8:39 am

  65. I think I both swallowed and inhaled; I’m only experiencing minor examples of the symptoms you all described. I did vomit fairly soon afterwards, but unfortunately that hasn’t helped…

    Comment by Charlie — January 25, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

  66. Just did the same except mine was aquafresh whiting with “micro active foaming action”. The first 5 minutes I thought I was going to die… Felt like I needed to puke but different…. Throat is now extremely irritated and no matter how many glasses of I drink, this burning sensation is not going away.

    Comment by Keith — January 16, 2010 @ 1:46 am

  67. This 46 year old did the same thing this morning! My lungs still hurt and it’s almost 4pm. Been hacking all day. NOT fun!

    Comment by Shelley — December 18, 2009 @ 1:52 pm

  68. Last night I inhaled a dollop of arm & hammer toothpaste and had a near death experience.I’m in a duo & w/3 gigs this weekend my larynx is lammenting. Googled the experience & found you. God, you’re cute!

    Comment by bill duryea — August 20, 2008 @ 11:36 am

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