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Tue Sep 13, 2016, 04:59 PM

Can someone with some medical knowledge please fill me in?

I keep reading about water thickener today. My wife suffers from Achalasia induced dysphagia and that has never been suggested to us. In fact I have never even heard of it today. What is it? what does it do? How does it work? What conditions is it recommended for?

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Currentsitguy Sep 2016 OP
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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Tue Sep 13, 2016, 06:32 PM

1. Found this online?

http://www.nestlenutritionstore.com/product/Swallowing-Difficulties/?utm_term=water+thickeners&utm_campaign=NESTLE+NUTRITION+STORE&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=bing&utm_content=5855213737

For a person with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia), eating and drinking can be challenging. Though mealtimes may be difficult, it’s crucial to consume enough calories and nutrients – especially protein – to avoid malnutrition and dehydration. Foods and beverages with an added thickening agent, such as RESOURCE® THICKENUP® or RESOURCE® THICKENUP®CLEAR may be easier to manage.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Tue Sep 13, 2016, 07:52 PM

2. For those with problems swallowing, it can be easy to choke on fluids like water.

Using a thickener provides more control over the swallowing of liquid, since it's more viscous.

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