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Swallowing difficulty Treatments

Swallowing difficulty: Treatments Inroduction

Treatment plans for swallowing difficulty are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause, minimizes the discomfort of swallowing difficulty, decreases the risk of developing serious complications, and helps a person to swallow and rest comfortably.

When swallowing difficulty is caused by disorder of the esophagus, treatment often includes surgical procedures, such as endoscopy, to correct such abnormalities as pharyngeal pouch, achalasia and esophageal stricture. Radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy may also be needed to treat cancer of the esophagus.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is treated with eating frequent small meals, weight loss as appropriate, and antacids and a variety of other medications.

When swallowing difficulty is caused by a sore throat due to a viral infection, such as influenza or an upper respiratory infection, the treatment is supportive care. This includes rest, increased fluids and using a vaporizer and sore throat lozenges. When swallowing difficulty is caused by a sore throat due to a bacterial infection, such as in strep throat, antibiotics are prescribed as well.

Serious causes of swallowing difficulty, such as esophagus trauma, anaphylactic reaction, foreign body and airway obstruction require hospitalization, intensive care and possibly life support measures, including intubation of the airway and mechanical ventilation.

Swallowing difficulty: Treatments

Some of the possible treatments for Swallowing difficulty from various sources may include:

Treatments for Causes of Swallowing difficulty

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Swallowing difficulty:

More causes: not all possible causes for Swallowing difficulty are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Swallowing difficulty.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Swallowing difficulty:

The following list of conditions have 'Swallowing difficulty' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Swallowing difficulty:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Swallowing difficulty' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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