Esophagitis in Northwest Arkansas

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Esophagitis is the label for when a person's esophagus (the tube that moves food from the mouth to the stomach) becomes inflamed. The condition may be caused by numerous underlying issues, like a convergence of the white blood cells known as eosinophils (eosinophilic esophagitis), acid buildup in the esophagus, infection, assorted medications, or allergies.

For more information and to find reputable treatment for esophagitis, reach out to GI Alliance of Arkansas to request a consultation with a gastrointestinal physician. Our team offers treatment for esophagitis in Arkansas and can give you the care needed so that you might experience relief.

Esophagitis may develop as a consequence of many factors and conditions. Some of these are:

  • Allergies (commonly to food)
  • Infections
  • Acid reflux
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)
  • Oral medications (such as anti-inflammatories and aspirin)

To hear more surrounding the causes of esophagitis and how the gastroenterology providers at GI Alliance of Arkansas can offer you the care you need, reach out to our team and request a consultation.

An adult living with esophagitis may experience some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Acid regurgitation
  • Heartburn
  • Pain with and trouble swallowing
  • Food impaction (food getting caught in the esophagus)
  • Chest pain

Young children can also become afflicted with esophagitis. Common indications of this esophageal condition in younger patients might include:

  • Difficulty feeding/eating
  • Failure to thrive (not developing at a normal speed, malnutrition, etc.

It is important to request an appointment with a gastroenterologist at GI Alliance of Arkansas should symptoms linger longer than a few days, over-the-counter heartburn medications fail to provide relief, eating is difficult due to pain, or if your symptoms occur in combination with flu-like symptoms such as body aches, a headache, and fever.

Treatment methods for esophagitis may differ based on the cause of the problem, but all therapies focus on minimizing the symptoms that come with the condition. Some options to treat esophagitis include:

  • Steroids
  • Proton pump inhibitors
  • H-2 receptor blockers (prescription-strength acid reflux medications)
  • Switching medications (if caused by oral medications)
  • Surgery (to strengthen the esophageal sphincter and decrease acid reflux)
  • Antibiotics
  • Medications that reduce acid production (antacids)
  • Dietary restrictions
  • Antivirals
  • Esophageal dilation

One leading objective of the treatment and prevention of esophagitis is to reduce acid reflux. This might be accomplished by avoiding caffeine, mint-flavored beverages and foods, and any additional foods that trigger acid regurgitation. Making the following lifestyle improvements can also provide relief:

  • Ideal pill-taking protocols (such as eating prior to taking your medication, consuming plenty of water with it, and remaining upright after taking pills)
  • Losing excess weight
  • Avoid lying down following a meal or snack
  • Avoid tobacco use
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If you or a loved one are seeking individualized care for esophagitis in Arkansas, our providers are ready to help alleviate the issue. We are a board-certified team of GI specialists who take the time to listen to your health concerns in order to create a treatment plan that addresses your symptoms. Request a consultation at GI Alliance of Arkansas today to learn more.

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