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Path to Dysphagia Diagnosis
  • Writer's pictureCarinda Stout, MS CCC/SLP

Dysphagia after COVID-19:

Some people who have had COVID-19 (coronavirus) may have difficulties eating and drinking. They may also become tired more easily or feel breathless at times.

We naturally hold your breath when we swallow to prevent food or fluid from entering the lungs. Someone with breathing difficulties may have trouble coordinating breathing and swallowing.

Tips to help swallowing difficulties:

  • Sit up completely in a supportive chair while eating or drinking

  • Take small sips or bites

  • Eat or drink at a slower pace

  • Stop and rest if shortness of breath or fatigue occur

  • Eat little and often - 3 smaller meals and 3 snacks every day is recommended

  • Try eating softer foods that require less chewing

  • Limit speaking during meals as this can cause breathlessness

It is recommended that a physician is notified if swallowing difficulties are present.

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