Swallowing issues may result in a build-up of mucus or other liquids in the back of the throat. The build-up may result in a sensation like post-nasal drip, even when the affected person isn’t suffering from allergies, cold, or flu.

If the muscles and nerves in the mouth, throat, and esophagus aren’t interacting as normal, secretions that would normally go down the throat can spill over in the larynx (voice box), and trachea causing hoarseness and the need to cough.

There are several things that can contribute to swallowing issues:

Coughing and the need to clear one’s throat may be present upon waking. During sleep, the body naturally swallows but far less frequently than when awake. The infrequent swallowing may cause secretions to build up in the throat.

Swallowing muscles often lose strength as people age. Less strength and coordination can make it difficult for normally occurring secretions to pass easily through the throat.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) causes the acids in the stomach to rise into the esophagus and throat. The acid may cause a sore throat and pain when swallowing, among other symptoms.

Swelling or abnormal growths in the esophagus may also cause difficulty swallowing.

If you have persistent trouble swallowing, an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Orlando ENT can help determine the root cause.

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