It is characterized by coughing or itching in the throat with a feeling of cloudiness after drinking water or other liquids. In lung cancer it is not common, but it can take place occasionally. Sometimes, in addition, there are changes in the voice after swallowing. It is recommended to modify and adapt the viscosity/texture of liquids, even water, to prevent these liquids from going into the lung and causing potentially dangerous lung infections.
Currently, three different types of viscosities can be indicated according to the degree of dysphagia: nectar, honey or pudding.
|Viscosity classification for liquid dysphagia|
Always follow the instructions for the thickener in all liquids that are ingested, as there are different types of commercial thickeners:
|Aspects to consider when thickening drinks with commercial thickeners|
Sitting or the more incorporated the better, always avoiding hyperextension of the head.
Eat slowly and with enough time between each spoonful.
They are those made up of liquid and solid parts: soup with pasta, rice with milk, yogurt with muesli, milk with muffins, and foods such as tangerines, oranges or fruits with lots of juice. Both textures in the mouth make it difficult to control the swallowing of liquids.
Such as pineapple, artichokes, asparagus and fibrous meats, or those that crumble easily when chewed, such as crackers, chips, toast sticks or dried fruit. You should also avoid legumes in which the skin comes off easily.
When they come into contact with the heat of the mouth and saliva they become liquid. For this type of preparation, you can use agar-agar or special gelled waters, sold in pharmacies.
You can choose to thicken common drinks following the previous guidelines or, on occasion, prepare drinks with different or not so typical tastes. To do this they are prepared in the standard way, strained to avoid fibers or seeds and thickened until the required viscosity is achieved.
Ingredients (for two servings)
* Please note that when making drinks that include non-liquid ingredients, the resulting viscosity may correspond to a nectar or honey viscosity, so you will need to adapt the dosage indicated on the product.