How to recognize dysphagia?

Are you or a loved one experiencing difficulty chewing or swallowing?

Have you lost the desire to eat for fear of choking?

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Here are some indicators that may be signs of dysphagia:

  • Are you losing weight unintentionally?
  • Can't eat the same foods as before?
  • Are you no longer able to eat raw vegetables or steak?
  • Do you cough regularly while eating?

Do you think you have dysphagia?

Perhaps you are concerned about the nutritional status of a loved one?

Although the following symptoms do not necessarily mean dysphagia, if you answer YES to more than one question, consult a healthcare professional.

Dysphagia is a serious and common problem that can be caused by:

  • Partial paralysis (stroke, heart attack)
  • Alzheimer's
  • Parkinson's
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Multiple Sclerosis or ALS
  • Dental problems