Home Remedies for Difficulty Swallowing and Persistent Sore Throats
Your throat has many muscles working together to help you swallow properly, but if you’re having troubles swallowing, or have the sensation of a lump in your throat, that is known as dysphagia. Dysphagia falls into two categories: esophageal and oropharyngeal.
Esophageal dysphagia is a sensation of having food stuck in the base of the throat or chest and can be caused by throat muscle tension preventing muscles from relaxing (which can get worse over time), muscle spasms in the walls of the esophagus, gastroesophagel reflux disease or GERD (which can damage the esophagus and cause narrowing, spasms, and allow food to get stuck), and scleroderma which hardens the esophageal muscles and cause them to weaken.
Oropharyngeal dysphagia relates to the nerve and muscle problems that make it hard to move food from the mouth to the throat, and swallowing may cause coughing, gagging, or choking; sometimes even the sensation of food and liquid going into the wrong pathways. This can be symptomatic of a neurological disorder such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or muscular dystrophy. Other causes can be neurological damage from stroke or injury, or also phryngeal diverticula: the formation of a pouch above the esophagus that collects food and can cause bad breath, coughing, and difficulty swallowing.
Home Cures for a Lump in the Throat
On Earth Clinic you can find a natural treatment for your throat trouble. Many Earth Clinic readers have reported positive use of cayenne pepper, coconut oil, and noni juice. In addition to home cures, there are many discussions of throat treatment strategies that may be helpful in your healing. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to treat your throat.