Difficulty Swallowing: What Can I Do?
Difficulty swallowing is medically referred to as dysphagia. It often indicates a problem in your throat or your esophagus. This condition is most common in older adults and babies, as well as in individuals with a nervous system disorder. There are many reasons why people have difficulty swallowing. Some are harmless and others require medical attention. If you only experience it once or twice, then it probably doesn’t merit a visit to the ENT doctor. But if you experience it frequently, it may mean you have a serious problem and you should see an ENT doctor as soon as possible.
Usually, the muscles found in the throat and esophagus contract in order to push food and liquids to your stomach. But at times, this may be more difficult because…
Symptoms of Dysphagia
Dysphagia can be mild or severe; it may come and go or sometimes it may worsen over time. Common symptoms include:
The treatment of dysphagia will depend on the cause. Here are some of them:
Generally speaking, anyone suffering from difficulty swallowing should see their ENT doctor. This is particularly true if the condition doesn’t get better or if it has been affecting you for a long period of time. Your doctor can determine the cause of your dysphagia and provide the appropriate treatment. Some cases are harmless but you can never be too sure. If you frequently have difficulty swallowing, please see your ENT doctor.
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