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Foods to eat with difficulty swallowing? Soft or clear liquids?

Foods to eat with difficulty swallowing? Soft or clear liquids?

Clear liquids: If this is a temporary issue such as a throat infection, start with clear liquids first to prevent dehydration then move up to soft foods. If your swallowing issue lasts more than a few days or you are choking on food, see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Definition)

Difficulty swallowing is complex. One could have decreased saliva which will make the food thick and viscous and harder to swallow. Food or liquids may be difficult to swallow and feel like they are getting "stuck" in the throat. One may also "choke" on liquids or foods during the swallow, before , or after the swallow depending on the problem ...Read more


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When someone says "dysphagia diet" are they referring to full clear liquids and pureed?

When someone says "dysphagia diet" are they referring to full clear liquids and pureed?

Generic: It appears that a formal dysphagia diet was made. It is usually followed by a swallow evaluation, either clinical at the bedside or functional in the form of a modified Barium swallow. Based on above specific recommendations are made with regard to food, solid/liquid consistency. ...Read more

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I have been having issues swallowing solids and semi solids. Will they make me swallow food at the modified barium swallow? Or can they detect withou

I have been having issues swallowing solids and semi solids.  Will they make me swallow food at the modified barium swallow? Or can they detect withou

Need to try: You should try to eat the foods, otherwise the test might not provide the answers your doctor needs. Don't worry, they will start off with small amounts, and then vary it as you are able to tolerate. ...Read more

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Feeling of mucous/saliva buildup in throat/mouth after eating certain foods. Recent examples: fruit juice, pepsi, star bursts. Need to clear throat.

Feeling of mucous/saliva buildup in throat/mouth after eating certain foods.  Recent examples: fruit juice, pepsi, star bursts.  Need to clear throat.

Common, but...: These foods with high sugar and acids will stimulate salvia production, so this can be normal for you.M there is also the possibility of an allergic reaction to something in these foods and drinks. You can avoid tenses things or talk to your dentist about this and find out exactly why this is happening. ...Read more

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I used to vomit after eating or drinking with a milk or even with soda, hard to burp after drinking cause me to vomit?

I used to vomit after eating or drinking with a milk or even with soda, hard to burp after drinking cause me to vomit?

GERD: Milk slows down gastric emptying which can cause acid reflux and in severe cases vomiting. Soda can also cause acid reflux by relaxing the lower esophageal sphincter. When the sphincter relaxes, acid and food can come back up. ...Read more

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8 months pregnant. Can't drink carbonated drinks or eat spicy food without intense pain /burn in throat and chest when swallowing. Is this gerd?

8 months pregnant. Can't drink carbonated drinks or eat spicy food without intense pain 
/burn in throat and chest when swallowing. Is this gerd?

Pregnant throat pain: Greetings, as a.father of 3, your throat discomfort appears to me as you suspected, coming from GERD. As your anatomy and physiology changes with the advancing pregnancy, increasing of your intra abdominal pressure changes too which places you at rush for GERD. With your ObGyn doc for recommend treatments. Once delivery occurs, your body should revert back to the way it functioned before pregnancy ...Read more

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I vomit or unable to drink water but am fine with drinking sodas or juices. Why?

I vomit or unable to drink water but am fine with drinking sodas or juices. Why?

Seek MD: chronic nausea/vomit would require workup but more info needed eg drugs (esp opioids, psych meds), recreational drugs, other medical probs(eg diabetes). Urgent attention if blood, weight loss/dehydration, family history cancer, persistent. See if water temp makes difference. suggest seeing gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Pt can go back to eating regular food instead of pureed food. But still has to drink thickened water. Reasons for both?

Pt can go back to eating regular food instead of pureed food.  But still has to drink thickened water.  Reasons for both?

What did the doc say: This type of dietary change is a direct reflection of the clinical circumstances that resulted in the change. Was there a stroke? Recent surgery? Parkinson's disease? Prolonged hospital stay? Etc. in the absence of the reason the diet was changed, commenting on why is fruitless at best and malpractice at worst. You need to discuss with the doc who prescribed the diet. ...Read more

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If a person has problems swallowing solid food, would it be better to eat semi-soft food like yogurt?

If a person has problems swallowing solid food, would it be better to eat semi-soft food like yogurt?

Yes: It is a good way to maintain good nutrition while a thorough work up is completed and the problem is fixed. This solution though, should not delay the above mentioned process. ...Read more

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How can you start eating solid food with braces?

Small size and soft: Start with small bites and softer foods, gradually increasing size and texture and firmness of the food. In a relatively short time, you should be back to normal, with the exception of the very hard and crunchy foods. ...Read more

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Does child with tonsillitis usually like to eat soft stuff she eats yogurt and pudding a lot wants to eat other food but scared?

Does child with tonsillitis usually like to eat soft stuff she eats yogurt and pudding a lot wants to eat other food but scared?

Tonsillitis diet: Indeed kids (and adults too for that matter) prefer soft foods when the throat hurts a lot. Push fluids, and concentrate on protein containing foods like the yogurt she is eating, scrambled eggs, soups, etc. If it goes on for more than a few days, then worry, but go with the flow for a couple of days when she's not feeling well. As throat symptoms improve, add in other foods. ...Read more

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Hard to swallow after eating cereal and milk?

Hard to swallow after eating cereal and milk?

Dysphagia: Need more info. There are lots of causes of difficulty swallowing, depending on your age and medical history. Some causes include big tonsils, acid reflux, neuromuscular problems (e g multiple sclerosis, parkinson's), spine problems, throat tumors, enlarged thyroid, etc....If it's just with cereal, it's not at all likely anything serious- get it checked out if your swallowing worsens. ...Read more

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If you get indigestion and cant eat spicy foods, does that include non-spicy spices, as in cinnamon or turmeric?

If you get indigestion and cant eat spicy foods, does that include non-spicy spices, as in cinnamon or turmeric?

Generally, no: Spices and herbs that are not "hot" should generally be fine. That being said, everyone is different, and if you find that certain foods give you gastric upset or reflux, avoiding those foods is a good idea regardless of what is typical. Increasing fiber content of your food is helpful for reflux, fatty and highly processed foods can cause flares as can more than 1 caffeinated beverage daily. ...Read more

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Explosive gas, dio or mucus every time eat fish - oily and white, frozen and fresh. Best to cut out of diet or better to eat and put up with symptoms?

Stop fish for now: You can be well nourished even without fish in your diet. Why not give it up for a month, and slowly reintroduce it yo confirm whether that's the problem? ...Read more

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Throat hurts a little on one side when swallowing without food or drink. Does not hurt to swallow food or drink. Former smoker. Have allergies. Help.

Throat hurts a little on one side when swallowing without food or drink. Does not hurt to swallow food or drink.  Former smoker. Have allergies. Help.

Pain on swallowing: If you have allergies it maybe. drainage which can make your throat sore when you swallow with or without food. It can also feel swollen when you swallow. If you have smoked in the past you should get checked if tsymptoms last more than 2 weeks. Cancer pain will usually be persistent and grow worse with time.I tell my pts if they have a symptom that lasts for more than 2-3 weeks to come see me ...Read more

Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
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Swallowing Disorder (Definition)

A disorder where ...Read more