Categories: health

Dysphagia: How to Recognize and Treat It

With all the many medical issues around the world, swallowing difficulties does not sound like it should be particularly bothersome or alarming. However, the possibility for further complications posed by dysphagia makes it well worth looking into, so here is a brief guide to dysphagia.

What is Dysphagia

Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties. The severity of dysphagia can vary, ranging from slight difficulties swallowing certain foods or liquids to a complete inability to swallow at all. Unfortunately, this condition often causes other issues such as repeated chest infections or even weight loss.

Symptoms of Dysphagia

There are a few fairly recognizable symptoms of dysphagia, which will be discussed below, as well as a handful that are less notable. Difficulty chewing properly, for example, is not necessarily even notable if the person suffering from this issue has become accustomed to it.

Difficulty Swallowing. It is hardly surprising that dysphagia is characterized by swallowing difficulties. Although, it is worth noting that the sensation of having food stuck in your chest is often a symptom that follows this one.

Coughing/Choking When Eating. Often people do not think too much about when or why they cough, especially if it is only a slight cough. However, if you find that you cough almost every time you eat, or if you find yourself bringing food back up, then you should strongly consider why that might be.

Wet Sounding Voice When Eating. Lastly, one of the most recognizable aspects of dysphagia: a wet-sounding voice when eating. If you notice this in combination with other side effects of dysphagia, then you should talk to your doctor about the possibility of having dysphagia.

Treatments for Dysphagia

Fortunately, there are several options for treating dysphagia ranging from completely noninvasive to full surgery depending on the severity of your dysphagia and how well you respond to other treatments. Ultimately, as with any other condition, the treatment of dysphagia is a process rather than a sprint to the finish line.

Speech Therapy. One of the best options for dysphagia, at least to start with, is speech therapy. Through therapy, coaching, exercises, and practice, speech therapists are able to help their patients to learn how to swallow properly again.

Thickening Food and Water. Another effective technique comes from the application of products such as SimplyThick food thickener, which can help to thicken the consistency of water and liquid foods to make it more possible for you to swallow them without causing issues with aspiration (the act of breathing food or water into your lungs).

Surgery. In certain cases, when other treatments prove ineffective and the dysphagia is causing significant issues, your doctor may suggest surgery as a way to widen your esophagus and reduce your symptoms.

Living with Dysphagia

Finally, while these treatments will often help to reduce the effects of dysphagia, they will not get rid of it entirely. This means that learning to live with your dysphagia is an important part of your treatment as well.

abdullah hussain tanoli

Abdullah hussain tanoli was born in Pakistan , except for the time when he attended high school there. he studied History and Literature at the University of Haripur. he began writing his debut novel after obsessing over books. When he’s not writing, he can be found wandering through nature or journaling at a coffee shop.

Recent Posts

Buy Home in Mountain view Ras El Hekma Egypt

What is Mountain view Ras El Hekma? Mountain view Ras El Hekma is an archaeological…

50 mins ago

Buy A Luxury NZ Post Bag

New Zealand looking for a luxurious and unique way to mail your packages, look no…

53 mins ago

LMS Design Best Practices

The world of education changed upside down with the emergence of e-learning. Distance education resources…

13 hours ago

How To Get Hard To Find Movies

There are some old movies that movie lovers find hard to find. These movies are…

16 hours ago

Best Appliance Repair in Calgary

Every year modern appliances are becoming more and more complex, so it is not easy…

18 hours ago

What is monoxide topical?

 Monoxide topical is used that will help you regrow hair to your scalp. Monoxide topical…

19 hours ago