Difficulty Swallowing

Having difficulty in swallowing is referred to as dysphagia and is the inability of an individual to swallow liquid or food easily. Individuals with dysphagia experience a hard time eating or drinking and often tend to choke during the process of swallowing. In many cases, the difficulty in swallowing can be temporary and it goes away after a while; but for others, it is a continuous issue that requires proper treatment.   

Symptoms

As mentioned earlier, this problem can be mild and may come and go but it can also be severe and get worse with time. Here are some symptoms that can help you in determining if you have dysphagia and need medical care:  

It is essential to consult your doctor if these symptoms persist.  

Effective Treatments

The treatments for dysphagia typically depend on the kind of problem you are experiencing. In mild cases, the difficulty in swallowing can be treated very easily. In severe cases, you might have to get medical treatment done by a specialist. There are several ways you can treat or prevent swallowing difficulties. Following are some of the ways you can treat mild issues so that you can drink and eat safely and easily:

Right Position

Ensure that you are sitting or standing in the right position as you eat or drink:

Eating

Keep in mind the following when you eat:

Swallowing

When you are swallowing:

Medications

When you have to take medications:

If the swallowing is very painful or if you are hardly able to eat and drink, it is important that you immediately consult a doctor. Even if there isn’t any pain but the problems doesn’t go away, make sure you seek medical attention so that you can begin eating and drinking properly and safely. To make an appointment with Dr. Parikh at Health One Family Medicine, visit http://www.healthonemedicine.com/ or call (469)262-5762.

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