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
Difficulty swallowing solids or fluids is referred to as dysphagia. It is common in late stage Alzheimer's and other late stage dementias. Swallowing is an amazingly complex function and there are many points at which damage to the brain and muscle wasting or weakness can cause major problems.
The brain sends a message from its swallowing center, which is located in one cerebral hemisphere. The message is food, drink, saliva, needs to be swallowed. Problem number one- Alzheimer's and many other types of degenerative neurological disorders, cause brain damage and the message might be faulty or not get through at all.
As a result of the message from the brain a number of sequential muscular movements and muscle contractions get the mouth moving. The food/fluid has to be safely moved over the upper airway and into the esophagus (food tube). Second problem: The muscles may not get the message from the brain in the correct sequence. The resu...
Generic Name: EXPECTORANT/ACETAMINOPHEN - ORAL Refenesen Chest Congest & Pain Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
symptoms caused by the common cold, flu, allergies, or other breathing
illnesses (such as sinusitis, bronchitis). The expectorant helps thin and
loosen mucus in the lungs, making it easier to cough up the mucus.
Acetaminophen (APAP) is a non-aspirin pain reliever and fever
This medication is not usually used for ongoing coughs
from smoking, asthma, other long-term breathing problems (such as emphysema),
or coughs with a lot of mucus unless directed by your doctor.
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically
directed by the doctor. Some products (such as long-acting tablets/capsules)
are not recommended for use ...
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