Difficulty Swallowing Home Care
Home care for difficulty swallowing includes:
- Avoid alcohol.
- Avoid food that irritates the esophagus.
- Avoid medications that irritate the esophagus.
- Avoid lie on your back immediately after eating.
- Eat a small meal in the evening.
- Raise the head of your bed.
- Chew your food completely.
- Take an antacid:
- Take an acid-blocker medication:
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
Difficulty Swallowing Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have difficulty swallowing and any of the following:
- Sudden numbness in one arm or leg:
- Sudden weakness in one arm or leg:
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty speaking
- Inability to swallow
- Mouth or tongue swelling
- Repeated vomiting
- Vomiting blood
- Worsening sore throat
Continue to Difficulty Swallowing Outlook
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