Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulty.
Dysphagia can manifest as trouble swallowing certain foods or liquids to the inability to swallow at all.
Symptoms of dysphagia vary from person to person.
The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders,
symptoms include the following:
- coughing during or right after eating or drinking
- wet or gurgly sounding voice during or after eating or drinking
- extra effort or time needed to chew or swallow
- food or liquid leaking from the mouth or getting stuck in the mouth
- recurring pneumonia or chest congestion after eating
- weight loss or dehydration from not being able to eat enough
Dysphagia impacts sufferers both physically and psychologically. Feelings of depression, shame, and isolation are common.
Many conditions can lead to dysphagia; some include Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, and treatment of head and neck cancers. Dysphagia can also occur with sedation during surgery, intubation, and tracheostomy. Complications of dysphagia, like aspiration pneumonia, can be serious.
Standard dysphagia therapy/treatment includes the traditional Yankauer suction device, oral care swabs, costly anticholinergic medications, and botulinum toxin to dry up secretions.
Given these limited options, the SWIK™ Oral Suction System is a much-needed solution for the millions of people in the United States living with dysphagia. Watch this video to hear Betsy's heartfelt story about the importance of proper oral suctioning.
We are here to help.
Everyone at Saliva Systems is here to help patients with swallowing disorders. You can reach out to us by filling out our Contact Us form. Below is a list of organizations and additional resources that you may find helpful.
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