Dysphagia: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

Swallowing difficulties cannot be prevented, especially when the cause is neurological in origin, instead you can reduce your risk of occasional difficulty swallowing by eating slowly and chewing food well. Early detection and effective treatment of GERD can lower your risk of developing dysphagia associated with an oesophageal stricture.

Watch Out

  • Drooping of the lower face and lips
  • Drooling, spilling of food and liquids, and difficulty closing the lips while eating, sleeping, or resting

When to See Doctor

Consult a doctor if you have problems swallowing certain foods or liquids.
  • Coughing or choking when eating or drinking 
  • Bringing food back up, sometimes through the nose 
  • A sensation that food is stuck in the throat or chest 

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