Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Dysphagia 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:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Dysphagia Warning Signs

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Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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