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SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS



WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SWALLOWING DISORDER?

Some diseases, surgical interventions or psychological disorders can cause swallowing problems.

Few common signs include-

  1. Food getting stuck in the throat

  2. Coughing or choking bits of solid food, drink or even saliva that cannot pass easily
    while swallowing and gets stuck in the lungs

  3. Drooling

  4. Change of voice ( gurgly or harsh voice during or after eating or drinking)

  5. Watery eyes or runny nose

  6. Putting extra effort to chew and swallow

  7. Prolonged feeding times or food refusal

  8. Feeling a lump in the throat

  9. Fever after having a meal

  10. Recurring pneumonia, respiratory problem or chest congestion

  11. Heartburn

  12. Weight loss and dehydration for being unable to eat in good proportions


If you detect any such symptoms when swallowing food or liquid, you must consult a reputed speech pathologist. The conditions and signs mentioned above can also result in serious swallowing disorders in adults, including the risk of aspiration, poor nutrition and even isolation in social gatherings. People experiencing stroke or pain in the chest should undergo swallowing therapy after stroke to come back to the normal course of life.

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