Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you have trouble swallowing, be sure to see a doctor and follow his or her advice. Also, some things you can try to help ease your symptoms include:

  • Changing your eating habits. Try eating smaller, more-frequent meals. Be sure to cut your food into smaller pieces and eat more slowly.
  • Trying foods with different textures to see if some cause you more trouble. Thin liquids, such as coffee and juice, are a problem for some people, and sticky foods, such as peanut butter or caramel, can make swallowing difficult. Avoid foods that cause you trouble.
  • Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and caffeine. These can make heartburn worse.
Oct. 15, 2014

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