Swallowing difficulty is the inability to swallow foods or liquids with ease. People who have a hard time swallowing may choke on their food or liquid when trying to swallow. Another medical name for swallowing difficulty is dysphagia. This symptom isn’t always indicative of a medical condition. In fact, swallowing difficulty may be temporary and go away on its own.The symptoms include:
2.a hoarse voice
3.feeling that something is lodged in the throat
5.unexpected weight loss
7.coughing or choking when swallowing
8.pain when swallowing
These sensations may cause a person to avoid eating, skip meals, or lose their appetite.
Children who have difficulty swallowing when eating may:
1.refuse to eat certain foods
2.have food or liquid leaking from their mouths
3.regurgitate during meals
4.have trouble breathing when eating
5.lose weight without trying
HOW IS DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING DIAGNOSED?
A generally physician diagnoses difficulty in swallowing by the following tests
1. Barium X Ray
HOW IS DIFFICULTY SWALLOWING TREATED?
Swallowing difficulties may improve on their own without treatment.However, if swallowing problems are persistent, they can result in malnutrition and dehydration, especially in the very young and elderly, and recurrent respiratory infections and aspiration pneumonia. All of these complications are serious and life-threatening and must be treated definitively.If symptoms are mild and intermittent, your doctor may show you exercises used to help strengthen the muscles in your throat. He or she may also show you swallowing techniques, which will help you to swallow the food without choking.If your swallowing problem is caused by a tightened esophagus, a procedure called esophageal dilation may be used to expand the esophagus.If there are any abnormal growths in the esophagus, surgery may be necessary to remove them. Surgery may also be used to remove scar tissue.If you have acid reflux or ulcers, you will be given prescription medication to treat them.
In severe cases, you may be admitted into the hospital and given food through a feeding tube.
DID YOU KNOW?
Dysphagia is common in adults, babies and those who have brain or nervous system issues