Why should I be concerned about dysphagia?

In some people, dysphagia can be serious, and in others it impairs their comfort, care, and quality of life. Choking can block the airway and food dropping into the airway, called aspiration, can lead to infection which can be very serious as aspiration pneumonia. Dysphagia can also affect normal daily activities making one feel tired, listless, confused, and anxious. The texture of the food and liquid is as important as the nutrients when a person has dysphagia. Knowing what is safe and what you can do to rehabilitate your swallowing function is very important for your overall health when you have dysphagia.