Esophagitis in Louisiana
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What is esophagitis?
Esophagitis is the name for general inflammation of one's esophagus (the pipe that allows the transport of food and liquids from the mouth to your stomach). The condition may have numerous pre-existing issues like a build-up of the eosinophil white blood cells (eosinophilic esophagitis), acid buildup in your esophagus, infection, assorted medications, or allergies. To find specialized treatment for this affliction, reach out to GastroGroup & Endocenter to request a visit with a GI provider. Our providers offer care for esophagitis in Louisiana and can ensure you receive the help you need so that you might get some relief.
What causes esophagitis?
A variety of factors could lead to esophagitis. Among those most common include the following:
- Recurrent vomiting
- Oral medicaments (such as anti-inflammatories and aspirin)
- Allergies (commonly to food)
- Acid reflux
- Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)
To learn more about the factors that may cause esophagitis and how our gastrointestinal physicians at GastroGroup & Endocenter can offer you the care you need, contact our team and request a consultation.
What are the common symptoms of esophagitis?
Some of the most common symptoms of esophagitis in adults include:
- Acid regurgitation
- Pain with and trouble swallowing
- Chest pain
- Food becoming trapped in the esophagus
Children can also become afflicted with esophagitis. Some of the more common signals of esophagitis in kids might include:
- Failure to thrive (FTT) (failing to develop at a normal rate, malnutrition, etc.
- Difficulty feeding/eating
You should request a consultation with a GI provider at GastroGroup & Endocenter if symptoms linger beyond a few days, over-the-counter antacid medications fail to provide relief, you have pain when eating, or if your symptoms are accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as a headache, fever, and body aches.
What are the treatment options for esophagitis?
Treatment options for esophagitis center on minimizing the symptoms associated with esophagitis in the individual. The treatment strategy varies according to the root source the condition. Some of these treatment options might involve:
- Changing medications (if caused by oral medications)
- Surgery (to fortify the esophageal sphincter and decrease acid regurgitation)
- Esophageal dilation
- Changes in diet
- Medications that reduce acid production (antacids)
- Prescription-strength acid reflux medications (H-2 receptor blockers)
- Proton pump inhibitors
A primary focus of the treatment and prevention of esophagitis is to reduce acid reflux. This might be accomplished by avoiding the consumption of alcohol, mint-flavored foods and beverages, and any other foods that trigger acid reflux. Incorporating the following lifestyle modifications could also assist:
- Avoid lying down following a meal or snack
- A healthy weight loss plan
- Tobacco use cessation
- Good pill-taking protocols (including eating before taking medication, drinking plenty of water with it, and remaining upright after taking pills)
Individualized care for your GI health
Should you or someone you love need expert care for esophagitis in Louisiana, we are ready to assist. We are a compassionate group of gastroenterology specialists who take the time to listen to your GI concerns in order to create treatment methods that address all of your symptoms. Request an appointment at GastroGroup & Endocenter today to hear more.
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