Esophagitis in Florida
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What is esophagitis?
Esophagitis is a condition describing inflammation of the esophagus, or the pipeline that transports the food and drinks you consume from your mouth to your stomach. It could result from pre-existing issues like an infection, allergies, a build-up of eosinophil white blood cells (in the case of eosinophilic esophagitis), acid scarring, or as a side effect of some medications.
To find specialized care for this condition, connect with Gastroenterology Associates of Florida to request a consultation with a GI provider. Our physicians offer help for esophagitis in Florida and can ensure you receive the treatment you need so that you might find relief.
What causes esophagitis?
A number of factors can lead to esophagitis.
Esophagitis can stem from a number of factors, with some of the most common ones being:
- Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)
- Acid regurgitation
- Oral medications (such as anti-inflammatories and aspirin)
- Allergies (commonly to food)
- Persistent vomiting
For more information surrounding the various causes of esophagitis and how the gastroenterologists at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida can help you get the necessary care, get in touch with our practice and request to schedule a visit.
What are the common signs of esophagitis?
Some of the most commonly reported esophagitis symptoms in adults are:
- Acid regurgitation
- Food getting trapped in the esophagus
- Pain with and trouble swallowing
- Pain in the chest
Esophagitis may also develop in young children. Some of the more common signs of this esophageal condition in children may include:
- Difficulty feeding/eating
- Failure to thrive (failing to grow at a normal rate, malnutrition, etc.)
You should request a consultation with one of our providers at Gastroenterology Associates of Florida should symptoms persist beyond a few days, over-the-counter antacid medications no longer provide relief, you have pain when eating, or if your symptoms occur alongside flu-like symptoms such as aching, fever, and a headache.
What are the treatment options for esophagitis?
Esophagitis treatments aim at alleviating the symptoms you may be feeling as a result of your condition. The treatment protocol differs based on the cause of the esophagitis. Some of those treatment options could include:
- Changing medications (if caused by oral medications)
- Surgery (to fortify the esophageal sphincter and decrease acid regurgitation)
- Proton pump inhibitors
- Prescription-strength acid reflux medications (H-2 receptor blockers)
- Dilation (to widen the esophagus)
- Medications that reduce acid production (antacids)
- Changes in diet
One of the best ways to treat or prevent esophagitis is to avoid the occurrence of acid reflux. This can be accomplished by cutting out caffeine, mint-flavored foods, and additional foods that cause acid regurgitation. Implementing the following lifestyle improvements may also offer relief:
- Losing excess weight
- Good pill-taking habits (including eating prior to taking your medication, consuming plenty of water with it, and avoiding lying down after taking pills)
- Avoid lying down after eating
- Avoid smoking
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