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  • Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Difficulty in Swallowing (Dysphagia)

Difficulty in Swallowing (Dysphagia) is a condition that affects the ability to swallow. It can occur at any age and can have a variety of causes. Some common causes of dysphagia include neurological disorders, such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease, as well as cancer and other medical conditions.


Symptoms of dysphagia can include difficulty swallowing, pain while swallowing, and a feeling of food getting stuck in the throat. Other symptoms can include coughing or choking while eating or drinking, and regurgitation of food or liquids.


Treatment for dysphagia will depend on the underlying cause. In some cases, treatment may involve therapy to help improve muscle strength and coordination in the throat and mouth. In other cases, medication may be used to help relax the muscles in the throat or to reduce inflammation.


If you are experiencing symptoms of dysphagia, it is important to see a doctor for an evaluation. Your doctor will be able to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and recommend the appropriate treatment.


There are also certain lifestyle changes that can help manage dysphagia. Some of these include:

  • Eating smaller, more frequent meals

  • Chewing food thoroughly

  • Drinking fluids with meals

  • Avoiding foods that are difficult to swallow


It is also important to work with a doctor to develop a plan for managing dysphagia.


It is important to remember that dysphagia can be a serious condition, but with proper treatment and management, it is possible to improve your ability to swallow and enjoy eating and drinking again.


Natural Home Remedies for Dysphagia


While dysphagia can be a serious condition that requires medical treatment, there are also some natural home remedies that may help to alleviate symptoms. However, it's important to note that these remedies should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment, and you should always consult with your doctor before trying any new remedies.

  • Drinking water: Drinking water can help to moisten and lubricate the food in the throat, making it easier to swallow. Try drinking a glass of water before and during meals.

  • Eating smaller, more frequent meals: Eating smaller meals more frequently can help to reduce the amount of food in the throat at one time, making it easier to swallow.

  • Chewing food thoroughly: Chewing food thoroughly can help to break it down into smaller pieces, making it easier to swallow.

  • Drinking fluids with meals: Drinking fluids with meals can help to lubricate the food and make it easier to swallow.

  • Avoiding foods that are difficult to swallow: Certain foods, such as nuts, seeds, and popcorn, can be difficult to swallow and should be avoided if you have dysphagia.

  • Steam inhalation: Steam inhalation can help to open up the airways and make it easier to swallow. You can use a humidifier or take a hot shower to inhale steam.

  • Ginger: Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce inflammation and relax the muscles in the throat. You can try drinking ginger tea or adding ginger to your meals.

  • Honey: Honey is a natural lubricant that can help to make it easier to swallow. Try mixing a spoonful of honey with warm water and drinking it before meals.


Again, it's important to note that these remedies should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment, and you should always consult with your doctor before trying any new remedies.

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