Esophagitis in Connecticut

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What is esophagitis?

Esophagitis is the general term for inflammation of the esophagus, the part of the body that allows the passage of food and liquids from the mouth to your stomach. Esophagitis could be caused by many underlying issues like a build-up of the eosinophil white blood cells (eosinophilic esophagitis), acid accumulating in one's esophagus, an infection, several medications, or simply allergies.

To receive reputable treatment for this affliction, contact Connecticut GI to request an appointment with a gastroenterologist. Our specialists offer care for esophagitis in Connecticut and can ensure you receive the treatment required to experience relief.

What causes esophagitis?

A number of conditions and factors can lead to the development of esophagitis. Among those most common include the following:

  • Oral medicaments (such as anti-inflammatories and aspirin)
  • Recurrent vomiting
  • Acid reflux
  • Allergies (commonly to food)
  • Infections
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)

To find out more about the factors that may cause esophagitis and how the gastrointestinal providers at Connecticut GI can provide you with the necessary care, contact one of our locations and request a consultation.

What are the common signs and symptoms of esophagitis?

Symptoms of esophagitis can vary from adults to children. Some of the most common symptoms of esophagitis in adults are:

  • Trouble or pain when swallowing
  • Acid regurgitation
  • Food getting caught in the esophagus
  • Heartburn
  • Chest pain

Young children can also be affected by esophagitis. Common signals of esophagitis in children can include:

  • Difficulty feeding/eating
  • Failure to thrive (failing to grow at a normal pace, malnutrition, etc.

We urge you to request a consultation with a GI provider at Connecticut GI if symptoms linger longer than a few days, over-the-counter antacid medications fail to work, you have pain when eating, or if your symptoms are accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as fever, a headache, and body aches.

How is esophagitis treated?

Treatment for esophagitis centers on relieving the symptoms of esophagitis in the individual. The treatment varies depending on the root source of the condition. Several of these treatment options may include:

  • Switching medications (if caused by oral medications)
  • Prescription-strength acid reflux medications (H-2 receptor blockers)
  • Proton pump inhibitors
  • Dilation (to widen the esophagus)
  • Dietary restrictions
  • Antibiotics
  • Medications that reduce acid production (antacids)
  • Steroids
  • Surgery (to strengthen the esophageal sphincter and reduce acid reflux)
  • Antivirals

The main goal of preventing and treating esophagitis is to reduce acid regurgitation. This may be accomplished by avoiding consuming caffeine, mint-flavored foods and beverages, and other foods that initiate acid reflux. Implementing the following lifestyle modifications could also provide relief:

  • Avoid tobacco use
  • Avoid lying down following a meal or snack
  • A healthy weight loss plan
  • Proper pill-taking protocols (such as eating before taking your medication, consuming plenty of water with it, and remaining upright after taking medication)
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