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Esophagitis is the general term for inflammation of the esophagus, the tube that delivers food from your mouth to your stomach.
Esophagitis can have several underlying issues such as build-up of the eosinophil white blood cell (Eosinophilic Esophagitis), acid build up in your esophagus, infection, some medications, or allergies.
Common causes of esophagitis include:
The most common symptoms or signs of esophagitis include:
Signs in young children could include:
You should schedule an appointment with your gastroenterologist if symptoms persist past a few days, over the counter heartburn medications are not working, eating is difficult due to pain, or your symptoms are accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as fever, aching, and headache.
Treatment for esophagitis focuses on lessening the symptoms of esophagitis in the patient. The treatment strategy varies depending on the cause of the condition.
A primary focus to treat and prevent esophagitis is to diminish acid reflux. This can be accomplished by avoiding foods such as alcohol, caffeine, mint flavored foods, and other foods that trigger your acid reflux
, and the other following lifestyle changes:
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