What to Do When Food Stuck in Esophagus?

Q:
What to Do When Food Stuck in Esophagus?

A:
The process of swallowing involves chewing food, moving food through the throat, then into the esophagus and finally into the stomach. If you swallow food in a hurry or you don’t chew the food properly, the food may stuck in your esophagus. In addition, it is likely that you swallowed a big lump or a dry piece of food. You may consider perhaps taking some warm water or rough foods to help remove the food.

Links to Esophageal Disorders

If you often have feelings of food stuck in your esophagus, you may have a certain type of esophageal disorders, including achalasia, dysphagia, esophageal spasms, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Achalasia is a type of esophageal motility disorder. It is the inability of the esophagus to move food into the stomach. Dysphagia means it takes more time and effort to move food or liquid from your mouth to your stomach. Esophageal spasms are abnormal contractions of the muscles in the esophagus. And GERD is a severe form of relux, which is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus.

Please see your doctor if you regularly have difficulty swallowing or other symptoms related to the above disorders.

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