A food allergy occurs when the body's immune system responds to otherwise benign proteins (allergens) as though they threatened the health and integrity of the system. In a classic reaction, the immune system attempts to counter the food allergens by stimulating IgE antibodies. When these antibodies react with the allergen, histamine and other chemicals (mediators) are released. This... Read More
Generally defined as difficulty in swallowing (or the sensation of difficulty in swallowing), dysphagia reflects an esophageal or pharyngeal transport disorder, either from anatomical malformations or from a disruption of the physiological events in swallowing. Dysphagia can be subdivided into the following two distinct types, which can occur independently.
Oropharyngeal dysphagia: Difficulty initiating the act of swallowing, of moving food... Read More