Reveals What Trouble Swallowing, Known As Dysphagia, Could Mean

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“Dysphagia symptoms should not be ignored. If the conditions that have caused Dysphagia are found early, the chances of complete recovery, and prevention of worsening health, are greater.” Mark Rosenberg, M.D.

In a recent Health Alert, warned readers about the possible dangers of dysphagia, or trouble swallowing. Citing the U.K.’s National Health System Dysphagia, trouble swallowing, or dysphagia, usually is a symptom of some other health condition. It most commonly occurs in developmental disabilities of the head or neck, brain or nervous system disorders, ill-fitting dentures, and even gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD). Less commonly, trouble swallowing can be a symptom of cancer of the head or neck tissues. It most often occurs in older people but can occur at any age, especially after an injury to the head or neck.    

Mark Rosenberg, M.D., resident medical medical expert, further explains: “There are 2 types of dysphagia – one that is caused by mechanical disorders of the mouth or throat and another that is caused by disorders of the esophagus. Either type can lead to malnutrition and dehydration as it may become difficult, and even painful, to swallow food or liquids. The most important things to do is determine the cause of the swallowing trouble as there are several methods to treat it. These include learning new swallowing techniques; thickening, or thinning, foods and liquids so they go down better; dilating the throat with special instruments to enlarge the opening; fixing poorly fitting dentures that may be sliding backwards and obstructing swallowing; treat GERD symptoms that may back up acid into the throat and cause scar tissue."

Read more about dysphagia and trouble swallowing here.

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