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Swallowing difficulties can be temporary or they can bear indications of a serious medical problem. These difficulties arise from a number of causes, including something as common as poorly-fitting dentures, cough and cold or poor health. But there are some serious causes that affect swallowing in adults, especially elderly people. They are:

  1. Nervous system impairment such as stroke, brain injury, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s
    disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Alzheimer’s disease.

  2. Other causes affecting the neck and head such as injury or surgery in the neck or
    head, oral cancer, missing or perished teeth, and ill-fitting teeth frame.

Swallowing disorders may also be linked to a number of medications. They are:

  1. Anti-cholinergic components that can be found in a few particular anti-depressant
    tablets and non-allergic tablets.

  2. Nitrates

  3. Calcium channel blockers

  4. Aspirin

  5. Iron and vitamin-C tablets and supplements

  6. Tetracycline ( used to cure acne)

Anyone with persisting swallowing problems can consider taking a swallowing therapy in Kolkata from an expert speech-language pathologist. Professionals choose different approaches and therapies for different problems.

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