Dysphagia

Dysphagia causes swallowing difficulties i.e. it takes more effort and time to pass food and liquid through the esophagus. Sometimes dysphagia can be caused due to pain that might make swallowing impossible. Persistent swallowing difficulty can be due to a serious condition requiring medical attention. People of any age can be affected by dysphagia. The underlying causes may vary. Treatment depend upon the cause of dysphagia. Buy products for dysphagia from top brands including Thick-It, Boost, Resource and many more at HPFY with attractive discounts!

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Symptoms of Dysphagia

  • Pain in swallowing food (odynophagia)  

  • Oral leaking or drooling 

  • Pocketing food (keeping it in the cheeks) 

  • Inability to swallow 

  • Having a sensation of food being stuck in the esophagus 

  • Being hoarse 

  • Regurgitation (food coming out of the mouth) 

  • Acid-reflux or heartburn 

  • Unexpected weight loss 

  • Gagging or Coughing while swallowing

Complications of Dysphagia

Older adults are at a greater risk of dysphagia due to wear and tear to the esophagus with the course of time. Patients with neurological or nervous system disorders like MS are more likely to have dysphagia. Weight loss, malnutrition and dehydration. It becomes difficult for the body to absorb nutrients from food due to dysphagia. Person with dysphagia may experience infection of the upper airway or pneumonia as the food might enter the airway when the patient tries to swallow. Regular swallowing difficulties along with weight loss, regurgitation or vomiting is a matter of concern and must be reported to your doctor immediately. If you feel that the obstruction interferes with breathing or you feel food stuck in your throat or chest call immediately for help.

Dysphagia Diet

People with dysphagia needs a special diet which is easy to swallow. This diet can have different textures that are safe for patients to swallow. Textures should be such that it becomes easier for the food to move in the esophagus and it does not enter the windpipe or trachea. Every patient has his/her special needs. Food should be prepared accordingly. Food and beverage thickeners like the Kent Thick-It Original Instant Food And Beverage Thickeners or Hormel Thick And Easy Instant Food Thickener etc. can be used to bring food to the required consistency so that it can be easily swallowed.