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How can I treat esophagitis?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Many

Antacids, elevate head of bed, proton pump inhibitors like prilosec, quit smoking and caffeine, alcohol.
Promotility drugs like reglan, (metoclopramide) 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.

In brief: Many

Antacids, elevate head of bed, proton pump inhibitors like prilosec, quit smoking and caffeine, alcohol.
Promotility drugs like reglan, (metoclopramide) 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.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Try acid blockers

Most esophagitis will likely reflect injury from reflux of stomach contents (gerd) and should typically respond to acid blocker medicines.
If you choose this route and you derive no relief after 2 weeks of acid suppression treatment, then seek medical evaluation since esophagitis may be more severe than anticipated, or due to a variety of non-reflux causes.

In brief: Try acid blockers

Most esophagitis will likely reflect injury from reflux of stomach contents (gerd) and should typically respond to acid blocker medicines.
If you choose this route and you derive no relief after 2 weeks of acid suppression treatment, then seek medical evaluation since esophagitis may be more severe than anticipated, or due to a variety of non-reflux causes.
Dr. Charles Cattano
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