Swallowing difficulties (Dysphagia)

Living with Dysphagia doesn’t need to be expensive.

Supercol is Australia’s best value food and liquid thickener for Dysphagia sufferers.

  • Two to three times cheaper than most other powder thickeners (see our price comparison chart)
  • Suitable for mixing with hot or cold food or drinks
  • Can be mixed and stored in your fridge for up to 3 days

Supercol is used widely as an all-natural food and liquid thickener to thicken the food and fluid of people who are experiencing swallowing difficulties (Dysphagia). It is used in Aged and Residential Care Facilities, Hospitals, Private Health Clinics, is stocked in Pharmacies and is also distributed to individuals for use at home.

What is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is a medical condition that impacts your ability to swallow, and occurs when there is a problem with the neuro-sensors that controls swallowing. Dysphagia can also affect sucking, drinking, chewing, and eating.

Symptoms of Dysphagia

  • The inability to swallow
  • Pain when swallowing Dysphagia
  • Drooling
  • Reflux
  • Heartburn
  • Weight Loss
  • Gagging effect when swallowing

Do I need to see a doctor if I have Dysphagia?

If you have regular or persistent issues with your swallowing, you will need to see your GP.

Also, it is important to see a doctor if your Dysphagia is accompanied by vomiting, weight loss, or regurgitation.

If your inability to swallow is causing breathing problems, then you should seek out emergency medical care, or dial 000.

What is causing Dysphagia?

Dysphagia is generally separated into two categories: Oesophageal Dysphagia, where it feels like food is getting stuck in your throat, and oropharyngeal Dysphagia, the sensation of not being able to move food down your throat.

Causes of Oesophageal Dysphagia

  • Achalasia – Lower Oesophageal muscle not relaxing enough to allow food to enter the stomach.
  • Diffuse spasm
  • Stricture – Narrowed Oesophagus can trap food
  • Tumours
  • Foreign bodies – Food or other objects blocking
  • Oesophageal ring – Narrowing of lower Oesophagus
  • GERD – Gastroesophageal Reflux disease – Damage to the Oesophageal tissue, due to stomach acid backing up into the O
  • Eosinophilic Oesophagitis – Caused by food allergies.
  • Scleroderma – Scar tissue causing a stiffening and hardening of tissue.
  • Radiation Therapy – Cancer treatment can lead to inflammation and scarring of the Oesophagus.
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