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
Alternative Names Obstructed airway; Blocked airway First Aid FOR INHALED OBJECT Any child who may have inhaled an object should be seen by a doctor. Children with obvious breathing trouble may have a total airway blockage that requires emergency medical attention. If choking or coughing goes away, and the child does not have any other symptoms, he or she should be watched for signs and symptoms of infection or irritation. X-rays may be needed. Bronchoscopy may be necessary to make a definitive diagnosis and to remove the object. Antibiotics and respiratory therapy techniques may be used if infection develops. FOR SWALLOWED OBJECT Any child who is believed to have swallowed a foreign object should be watched for pain, fever, vomiting, or local tenderness. Stools (bowel movements) should be checked to see if the object exited the body. This may sometimes cause rectal or anal bleeding. Even sharp objects (such as pins and screws) usually pass through the GI tract without complications. X-rays ar...
Definition Ear barotrauma is discomfort and possible damage in the ear due to pressure differences between the inside and outside of the eardrum. Alternative Names Barotitis media; Barotrauma; Ear popping; Pressure-related ear pain; Eustachian tube dysfunction Causes, incidence, and risk factors The air pressure in the middle ear is usually the same as the air pressure outside of the body. The eustachian tube is a connection between the middle ear and the back of the nose and upper throat. Swallowing or yawning opens the eustachian tube and allows air to flow into or out of the middle ear, keeping the air pressure on both sides of the eardrum equal. If the eustachian tube is blocked, the air pressure in the middle ear is different than the pressure on the outside of the eardrum. This causes barotrauma. Many people experience barotrauma at some time. Barotrauma commonly occurs with altitude changes, such as flying, scuba diving, or driving in the mountains. If you have a congested nose from a...
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