You Are Not Alone … Millions of People Have Trouble Swallowing
June is Dysphagia Awareness Month. Dysphagia is defined as difficulty swallowing, when food or drink takes more time and effort to move from your mouth to your stomach. For many people, this is annoying or even painful, for others it can be impossible to swallow.
According to the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, dysphagia affects almost 15 million adults in the United States alone. Common symptoms include:
- Coughing while eating or drinking, or right after
- Voice sounding wet or gurgly while eating or drinking, or right after
- Needing extra time or effort to chew or swallow
- Having food or drink get stuck in the mouth or leaking out of the mouth
- Getting recurring pneumonia or chest congestion after eating
- Losing weight or getting dehydrated due to not being able to eat enough
When you think about our society and how hanging out with friends or co-workers almost always revolves around eating and drinking, having issues swallowing can cause people to stay home and isolate themselves. That can lead to a whole host of other issues such as depression, low self-esteem and other health risks.
Dysphagia is also a big issue for people who are trying to take medications or supplements. They are not able to swallow those pills without gagging or choking. Often, this means they have to crush the pills or find a liquid form of the medicine, which leads to improper dosages and bad-tasting meds.
Fortunately, for many dealing with dysphagia, there is help … at least when it comes to swallowing pills and supplements. MEDCOAT is an innovative coating that helps pills slide down the throat smoothly without getting stuck, and it also covers up any bad taste.
“I was having difficulty swallowing many of my pills. My speech therapist gave me a sample of your product, MEDCOAT,” said new MEDCOAT customer, K.J.C. “What a product – no more problems! I LOVE it!”
Try MEDCOAT, and find out how much of a relief it is for you, too, when it comes to swallowing your pills and supplements.