What is esophagitis?

Inflammation. in the esophagus (swallowing pipe) - usually due to acid reflux but can be caused by other things. It makes your chest hurt especially with swallowing and acid reflux. Untreated esophagitis can lead to scarring and tight areas in your swallowing tube (strictures).

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What happens when esophagitis isuntreated?

Damage. The esophagus is damaged which can lead to scar tissue forming. This can cause difficulty swallowing. Also, ongoing damage to the esophagus is thought to cause precancerous changes to occur in the esophagus which, over time, could lead to esophageal cancer. Read more...

What is infectious esophagitis?

Esophagitis. This is inflammation of the esophagus due to a microorganism. This is not a common illness in people with normal immune systems. Read more...

What is eosinophilic esophagitis? What is the treatment?

EoE. The hallmark is infiltrate of eosinophils in the wall of the esophagus leading to symptoms of reflux and at times stricture due to repeated eosinophilic inflammation. Many if not all of the cases are thought to be related to a food reaction and eliminating a few major foods have been helpful for many. Others will likely need to swallow a topical cortisone to reduce the inflammation. Much to learn. Read more...

What is eosinophilic esophagitis? What are the treatment options?

Inflammation. EE is an inflammatory condition of the esophagus that is caused by eosinophils, a type of blood cell often associated with allergies. Treatment can be surgical (dilation or stretching of narrowed sections) or medical with steroids (budesonide or fluticasone) and/or proton pump inhibitors (PPI medicines ending with -prazole suffix). Steroids can treat the disease while PPIs can control symptoms. Read more...

I'm having acid reflux, and what feels like esophagitis and vertigo. I'm scared. Help?

Acid reflux. Please start with a visit to your primary doctor and you might be referred to a Gastroenterologist. Please let me know how things go. Read more...