Esophagitis in Arizona
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What is esophagitis?
Esophagitis is the general inflammation of the esophagus, the pipe that allows the passage of food from one's mouth to the stomach. The condition could be caused by several pre-existing issues such as a build-up of the eosinophil white blood cells (eosinophilic esophagitis), acid buildup in your esophagus, infection, and many medications, or simply allergies.
To access reliable treatment for this problem, call Arizona Digestive Health to request a consultation with a gastrointestinal specialist. Our providers offer help for esophagitis in Phoenix, AZ, and can ensure you receive the help you need so that you might get some relief.
What are the causes of esophagitis?
A variety of conditions and factors may cause esophagitis. Some of the most common include the following:
- Recurrent vomiting
- Allergies (often relating to food)
- Acid regurgitation
- Oral medications (such as anti-inflammatories and aspirin)
- Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)
To learn more regarding the various causes of esophagitis and how our gastroenterology specialists at Arizona Digestive Health can help you get the necessary treatment, connect with our Phoenix, AZ providers and request a consultation.
What are the common symptoms of esophagitis?
Several common signs of esophagitis in adults are:
- Difficulty and pain when swallowing
- Chest pain
- Food becoming trapped in the esophagus
- Acid regurgitation
Young children can also become afflicted with esophagitis. Some of the more common signs of this condition in kids can involve:
- Failure to thrive (not developing at a normal rate, malnutrition, etc.
- Difficulty feeding/eating
We encourage you to request a consultation with a gastroenterologist at Arizona Digestive Health should symptoms linger for more than a few days, over-the-counter antacid medications are not working, eating is difficult due to pain, or if your symptoms occur alongside flu-like symptoms such as fever, a headache, and body aches.
What are the treatments for esophagitis?
Treatment for esophagitis focuses on lessening the symptoms associated with esophagitis in the individual. The treatment protocol varies according to the root source of the condition. Some of those treatments could include:
- Diet control
- H-2 receptor blockers (prescription-strength acid reflux medications)
- Proton pump inhibitors
- Antacids (medications that reduce acid production
- Esophageal dilation
- Switching medications (if caused by oral medications)
- Surgery (to strengthen the esophageal sphincter and reduce acid regurgitation)
One primary goal of treating and avoiding esophagitis is to decrease acid reflux. This may be achieved by avoiding alcohol, caffeine, mint-flavored beverages and foods, and any other foods that cause acid reflux. Making the following lifestyle changes can also help:
- Proper pill-taking protocols (such as eating before taking medication, consuming a fair amount of water with pills, and avoiding lying down afterward)
- Quit tobacco use
- Lose weight
- Avoid lying down after eating
To speak with a provider on more ways to treat esophagitis in Phoenix, AZ, consult an Arizona Digestive Health provider near you.
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Should you or someone you love need individualized care for esophagitis in Phoenix, AZ, we are able and ready to assist. We are a skilled team of digestive health providers who will listen to your GI concerns to develop a treatment plan that targets your needs. Request a consultation now at an Arizona Digestive Health location near you to hear more.
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