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Yes: Esophagitis is a general term for any inflammation, irritation, or swelling of the esophagus. Many things can cause esophagitis, including infections, drugs, allergens or acid reflux. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) is the most common cause of esophagitis, and studies show that over 40% of american adults experience the symptoms of this disease. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/nbk6896/. ...Read more
There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more
Many: Antacids, elevate head of bed, proton pump inhibitors like prilosec, quit smoking and caffeine, alcohol.Promotility drugs like reglan, and at times antifungals if the cause is a fungus. There is an allergic(eosinophilia esophagitis) form for which treatment includes nasally swallowed steroids. Get properly diagnosed via endoscopy if not getting better. Can lead to esophageal cancer in some cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
GERD is common: Gerd (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is very common, but in some may result in damage to your esophagus ("esophagitis"). Esophagitis when inadequately treated can progress from a red, irritated esophagus, to one that develops erosions or ulcers, to one that becomes narrowed by scar tissue, or even develops pre-cancerous cells (barrett's esophagitis). Risks vary with age & years of symptoms. ...Read more
OTC meds: Otc meds but it is highly recommended that you see a GI dr. To have your esophagus evaluated. It is not enough to just control your symptoms. You need the problem diagnosed as well. Ranitidine and Lansoprazole have been used to control the symptoms for years. As have other h2 blockers and ppis. ...Read more
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