Esophagitis in Utah
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What is esophagitis?
Esophagitis is the medical name for generalized inflammation in the esophagus, the pipe-like structure that passes food and liquids from the mouth to the stomach. The condition might follow may pre-existing issues like a convergence of the eosinophil white blood cells (eosinophilic esophagitis), acid buildup in the esophagus, an infection, a number of medications, or allergies.
To receive expert treatment for this problem, connect with Utah Gastroenterology to request a visit with a gastrointestinal specialist. Our team offers care for esophagitis in Utah and can provide you with the care required so that you will find relief.
What causes esophagitis?
Esophagitis can be brought about by a number of factors. The most common signs of this condition include:
- Allergies (commonly to food)
- Acid reflux
- Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)
- Frequent vomiting
- Oral medicaments (such as anti-inflammatories and aspirin)
To learn more regarding the causes of esophagitis and how our specialists at Utah Gastroenterology can help you get the treatment you need, contact our team and request to schedule a visit.
What are the common symptoms of esophagitis?
Some of the most commonly reported symptoms of esophagitis in adults are:
- Pain in the chest
- Trouble or pain when swallowing
- Food impaction — food getting trapped in the esophagus
- Acid regurgitation
Children can also become afflicted with esophagitis. Common indications of esophagitis in children can include:
- Failure to thrive (FTT) (failing to grow at a normal rate, malnutrition, etc.)
- Difficulty feeding/eating
We urge you to request an appointment with a GI provider at Utah Gastroenterology in the event symptoms linger beyond a few days, over-the-counter antacid medications fail to provide relief, you find it painful to eat, or if your symptoms are accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as a headache, fever, and body aches.
How is esophagitis treated?
Esophagitis treatments are constructed with the primary goal of alleviating the patient's symptoms. The treatment differs depending on the reason behind the condition. Some of those treatment options might include:
- Prescription-strength acid reflux medications (H-2 receptor blockers)
- Switching medications (if caused by oral medications)
- Esophageal dilation
- Surgery (to strengthen the esophageal sphincter and decrease acid regurgitation)
- Dietary restrictions
- Proton pump inhibitors
- Medications that reduce acid production (antacids)
The goal of preventing and treating esophagitis is typically to minimize acid reflux. This can be addressed by avoiding alcohol, mint-flavored foods and drinks, and additional foods that lead to acid regurgitation. Implementing the following lifestyle modifications can also be beneficial:
- Quit tobacco use
- Avoid lying down shortly after eating
- Implementing good pill-taking habits (including eating prior to taking medication, drinking a fair amount of water with it, and avoiding lying down after taking pills)
- Lose weight
Compassionate care for your GI health
If you are looking for personalized care for esophagitis in Utah, our providers can help. We are a dedicated team of digestive health physicians who take the time to listen to your GI concerns so we can curate a treatment approach that targets all of your symptoms. Request a consultation at Utah Gastroenterology today to get started.
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