Swallowing Difficulties (Dysphagia)
If you, a friend or a relative is experiencing trouble swallowing food or drink they are likely to be suffering from a condition known as dysphagia – which simply means difficulty swallowing. Dysphagia is often the result of another condition such as stroke, MS, cancer.
Someone who is experiencing swallowing difficulties will often show the following signs:
• Problems swallowing certain foods or liquids; or inability to swallow at all
• Discomfort or pain when swallowing
• Coughing or choking when eating food or drinking liquids
• Regurgitation of food, sometimes through the nose
• A feeling that food is stuck in the throat or chest
Food and drink can often go down the wrong way into the lungs instead of the stomach which can mean you may accidentally breathe in the food or liquid – this is known as aspiration.
If swallowing difficulties go untreated, over time, they can lead to:
• Weight loss and malnutrition
• Aspiration pneumonia
If you, a friend or relative is experiencing swallowing difficulties it’s important to see your GP as soon as possible.View and buy our products for those with Swallowing Difficulties
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