Last Modified on Apr 08, 2015
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.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I've been told I have Globus Pharyngeus (lump in throat sensation).
For the past 3 months I have had the sensation that there is a lump in my throat. I have had every test imaginable with scopes through the nose and down my throat and they have shown nothing. I have been taking ACV 1 Tbsp 3X per day since this started. The sensation has eased off some but it is still there does anyone have any suggestions?
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[YEA] Having had throat problems for 20 years, comprising of pain, tickly cough, sticky mucus, I have tried almost everything with little success. I then tried cayenne gargle, with a little salt. The result is fantastic, almost immediately, my throat was back to normal, no mucus or pain. I now use a gargle mix of cayenne, apple cider vinegar, salt & honey twice daily. I also take cayenne with food. Generally feel very well and am very happy to have got rid of throat problems. I have been doing this regime for 2 weeks now.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] I have suffered from chronic throat clearing for over 10 years now without any medicinal remedy found. I started using coconut oil two weeks ago for many of the noted health benefits and have been pleasantly surprised to find my chronic throat clearing almost completely diminishing. I still have a small problem remaining but the build up in mucus is nothing that I can't clear with a heavy swallow. Now I take several teaspoons a day, starting first thing in the morning and especially immediately before I eat.
If this reduction in chronic throat clearing continues I'll be able to relax and enjoy eating around people again and my family and friends won't have to endure to constant and annoying throat clearing any longer.
Wow. Wasn't expecting this ever to go away!
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Hi, I would really appreciate advice on a throat problem I've had for over three years. I am at the end of my tether. It's very simple - I was eating an apple when a large piece of peel slid down "the wrong way" and lodged in my trachea beneath the vocal cords. No amount of coughing would dislodge it. I could still breathe (obviously) but the discomfort was indescribable.
Off I went to the doctor, then A&E, and eventually an ENT doctor. I've been relentlessly patronised and told it's a "scratch", acid reflux, or globus sensation. I had nasal endoscopy (3 times) and finally a bronchoscopy under general anaesthetic, in which, to my utter dismay the ENT doc couldn't find the apple peel. (Personally I suspect he failed to look carefully enough - I've read that up to 25% of bronchoscopies miss the foreign object they're looking for. Also this same doctor misdiagnosed a friend of mine with asthma when she actually had a virus...)
Because of the negative bronchoscopy, I cannot convince any doctor that my problem is real. But I KNOW what I swallowed (inhaled, rather) and I know it's still there - I still struggle with the pain and discomfort every single day and it's badly reduced my quality of life and damaged my overall health. I hoped the apple peel would break up or soften so I could cough it out, but this hasn't happened. Instead it feels as if it's shrunk and gone leathery. It's wedged under my vocal cord in such a way that it cannot escape. I've tried coughing, not coughing, steam inhalation, doctors, Chinese medicine, EFT and speech therapy, even spraying my throat with cellulase enzyme to try to soften the peel - nothing has worked. Three, nearly four years of this discomfort has left me exhausted and depressed and feeling I'll never be normal again.
Sorry this has got so long. It's over a year since I saw my GP and I'm scared to go again - I'm really sick of being treated as if I'm nuts and imagining it. I'm just searching for new ideas. Can anyone think of any substance or technique that would help my throat break down and expel this wretched piece of peel?
And can I ask a favour? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't tell me it's a "scratch", or stress, or acid reflux, or thyroid etc. Please answer as if my foreign body problem is REAL. Which it is!!! Any advice will be most gratefully received. Thank you.
PS. I'm female, age 57, British, not overweight, and in generally good health apart from this particular problem. I don't have dysphagia or any other underlying health issues.
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I have been trying hydrogen peroxide in various ways and found it works on colds very well. I also cured my jock itch I had for about 5 years and athletes foot I've had for 50 years. I think I just had my last cold. I also have geographic tongue and it helps a lot if I rinse with it on a regular basis. All the white rings disappear and the pain from eating certain foods is gone.
I started drinking H202 and put more in than I thought maybe 20 drops. It didn't affect me to much, but I noticed a lump in my throat, I have been diagnosed with nodules on my thyroid and thought that it might have been beneficial to eliminate these growths. I have read that H202 will shrink tumors.
Does anybody have information on what I might expect the results to be on these nodules if I start a regimen of increasing H202 drops every day?
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San Fernando, Philippines
I was recently diagnosed with polyps in the larynx after an endoscopy. Is there any remedy that can be taken fo this? thank you
[YEA] I have had a problem with food getting stuck in my throat for many years, my sister has this also. It has worsened over the years. I was limited to what foods I would eat, especially if we were in a restaurant, staying with soups and salad for the most part. If food got stuck I would have to run to the bathroon, and spend 30 minutes sometimes trying to get up the small bits of food lodged in my throat. As I am 63 now and have been FREE of this for over 2 years by drinking Noni Juice! I have had some small distress with it from time to time, over these 2 years but nothing at all like it was . A steak dinner was a no no, tuna fish on toast, forget that, even chicken if it was a bit dry, was not a meal I could eat without a problem , just to name a few . I am so happy I found this site it has helped me so many times. I tell everyone about it.
It took about 3 months of drinking 2 to 3 oz. of Noni Juice every morning before I noticed it worked on my swallowing, I took it originally for normal aches and pains, energy boost, and hoped it would help stave off macular degeneration, which runs in our family. There is a great place to find Noni juice which is organic and does not contain "natural flavors" like some so called organic foods do, it is vitacost.com. It is the best pice I have found, under 10.00 for a 32 oz. bottle. I havent seen a post on this problem and thought it may help someone. Thank God for this site!
[YEA] If you can't breath call 911. This is for when you can still breath but there is an annoying pill or vitamin or food stuff in throat.
If you get a vitamin stuck in your throat there is a way to dislodge it.
- Stick your finger in the exact same location of the throat where the vitamin is stuck. Apply Pressure to the spot with a single finger.
- At the same time place a large amount of water in mouth.
- Keep pressure on area of throat where vitamin is stuck, and then swallow the water in several gulps.
I've used this twice and it has popped the stuck vitamin from the pouch in my throat.
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Hello, I am writing because my elderly husband is having throat issues. Lately phelgm is getting stuck in his throat and sometimes it takes several days for it to loosen and be eliminated. Could you recommend anything for this? Thank you so much! Bonnie
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Fort Wayne In
Hello, I am writing because I hope I can find help for a strange thing that has been happening to me over the past year.
When I lie down to sleep I often get a strong itchiness sensation on the very back of the throat (looking at anatomical dictionaries, I would say behing the soft palate, on the pharynx or the palatine tonsils) that goes away only by coughing strongly. It is not a huge problem, but it often bothers my sleep.
I went to the doctor and he said that it could be either a dust-mite allergy, although it is strange that I don't get it in any other position (well, oddly enough now, while writing this post, I have it while sitting), or due to gastric reflux, which is also strange since I don't get any burning sensation. Before doing x-rays as he suggested to see if there actually is reflux, I wanted to hear comments and suggestions by the members of this wonderful forum and perhaps even from Ted, although I know he has much more searious things to treat. I would really like to avoid unnecessary xrays.
I am adding further information about my situation to give you better understanding.
Some years ago I sometimes had very strong pain on the chest, but after doing cardiograms twice (nothing unusual found) doctors said that it was probably due to a stress related gas buildup in the stomac, and that perhaps some bacterias (don't remember the name now) had grown too much. Fortunately soon after the visit the pain went away and I didn't do the further test to see if there were actually too many unfriendly bacteria. Recently I feel as if the pain on the chest is about to come back, but then I don't get anything other then a very light uncomfortable feeling.
Recently, but I believe actually after the itchiness started, I was doing some construction work and found some asbestos. Furtunately it wasn't dried up and crumbling, but sometimes I get this very strange thought that I might have a little fiber stuck on my tonsil which causes the itchiness.
Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, I very often have tonsil stones that I try to get rid of through gargling, but sometimes I feel as if something is still stuck in the tonsil and also on the soft palate or somewhere around there. Interestingly, just now after coughing to get rid of the itchiness that suddenly appeared while sitting, I got a little stone tonsil.
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