If you’ve ever had a hard time swallowing a large tablet or had an ice cube get stuck in your throat, you know the uncomfortable feeling of a swallowing disorder. The physicians at Southern ENT Associates work very closely with each patient who has difficulty swallowing, identifying the underlying cause, then implementing personalized treatment to improve their swallowing ability. If you have trouble eating or drinking, don’t wait to get help. Book an appointment online, or call whichever of the six offices in South Louisiana is closest to you.
When you have difficulty swallowing, also called dysphagia, you have a hard time getting foods and liquids to travel through your mouth and down your throat to your stomach.
The process of swallowing involves multiple parts and movements, many of which are done automatically by your body.
You can develop various problems at every step of the process that make it hard to swallow.
In addition to being unable to swallow or having pain when you swallow, you may develop symptoms such as:
No matter what symptoms you develop, it’s important to see a doctor at Southern ENT Associates to prevent complications such as not getting enough nutrition or difficulty breathing.
Your swallowing problem may be temporary if it’s due to a sore throat that heals in a few weeks. Some adults may not be able to swallow if their dentures don’t fit properly.
If you have ongoing trouble with swallowing, it’s usually because of one of many possible underlying health conditions, such as:
You can also have a hard time swallowing after suffering a stroke.
After a thorough examination and undergoing a swallowing test, your doctor creates a customized treatment plan based on the cause and severity of your swallowing disorder.
Your treatment may include any number of options that target the underlying health condition responsible for the problem. Your doctor may also recommend dietary changes or minimally invasive surgery to repair muscles or to treat a narrowed or blocked esophagus.
Many patients benefit from swallowing therapy, also called swallowing rehabilitation. During this treatment, a speech pathologist teaches you tips to help you swallow and exercises to help coordinate those essential muscles.
Don’t wait to get help with a swallowing problem. Call Southern ENT Associates or book an appointment online.