PDR Health

Swallowing difficulties

What is a Swallowing Difficulty?

Swallowing difficulties, also called dysphagia, are problems with passing food or liquid from the mouth to the stomach. Swallowing difficulties can range from mild to severe.

What causes Swallowing Difficulties?

There are many possible causes of swallowing difficulties. Some common causes include:

– Poor dental hygiene

– Infections

– Allergies

– Tumors

– Injury to the head or neck

– Stroke

– Parkinson’s disease

Swallowing difficulties can also be caused by psychological conditions such as anxiety or depression.

How are Swallowing Difficulties diagnosed?

In order to diagnose swallowing difficulties, your doctor will likely ask you about your symptoms and medical history. They may also order a series of tests such as a barium swallow or endoscopy to assess the problem.

How are Swallowing Difficulties treated?

The treatment for swallowing difficulties will depend on the underlying cause. If the cause is an infection, you may be prescribed antibiotics. If the cause is a tumor, you may need surgery to remove it. Swallowing therapy may also be recommended to help improve your ability to swallow.

What are the complications of Swallowing Difficulties?

Swallowing difficulties can lead to malnutrition and dehydration if you are unable to eat or drink properly. Swallowing difficulties can also increase your risk of choking and aspirating (breathing in) food or liquid. Aspiration can lead to pneumonia, which is a serious lung infection.

Swallowing difficulties can be a very serious condition, especially if left untreated. If you are experiencing swallowing difficulties, it is important to see your doctor so that the cause can be identified and treated. Swallowing therapy may also be recommended to help improve your ability to swallow.