Dysphagia; Impaired swallowing
Eat slowly, and chew food thoroughly. If a person suddenly shows signs of choking and difficulty breathing, food could be blocking the main airway (trachea). The Heimlich maneuver should be performed immediately.
You may have an easier time swallowing liquids or pureed foods than solids. Avoid very cold or very hot foods if you notice that they worsen the problem.
Call your health care provider if
Call your doctor right away if:
You cough or have a fever or shortness of breath
You are losing weight
Your swallowing problems are getting worse
Call your health care provider if the problem continues, even if the symptoms come and go.
Tell your doctor about any other symptoms you may have including:
Sour taste in mouth
Vomiting, especially if it contains blood
Swallowing problems consist of any problem in which the normal movements associated with swallowing do not occur. Normal swallowing of food and liquid requires coordination of a large number of muscles in the mouth, throat (pharynx) and esophagus (the tube that leads from the pharynx into the stomach). As food is placed in the mouth, we close our lips to prevent drooling . Muscles of the tongue and jaw move around in the mouth for chewing. When chewing is finished, the food is collected into a ball by movements of the tongue. The swallow begins as the tongue pushes the food upward and backward towards the back of the mouth and the throat. As the tongue pushes the food or liquid toward the back of the mouth, the muscles in the pharynx begin to move to receive the food. The top of the windpipe (larynx) begins to lift, move forward, and close to keep food from going into the lungs. The soft part of the roof of the mouth (the soft palate) lifts to close off the entrance to the nose. As food pa...
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