Esophagitis in Indianapolis, IN

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Esophagitis is a term used to describe inflammation in the esophagus, which is the tube that allows the transport of food and liquids from the mouth to the stomach. Esophagitis may result from numerous pre-existing issues like an accumulation of the white blood cells known as eosinophils (eosinophilic esophagitis), acid accumulating in your esophagus, an infection, certain medications, or simply allergies.

To access reliable care for esophagitis, connect with Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology to request a consultation with a gastroenterologist. Our team offers treatment for esophagitis in Indianapolis, IN and can ensure you receive the care you deserve so that you can have relief.

Esophagitis can be caused by several factors. Among the most common are:

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

To find out more about the various causes of esophagitis and how our gastroenterologists at Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology can provide you with the necessary treatment, reach out to our practice and request to schedule a consultation.

Typical signs of esophagitis in adults may include:

  • Acid regurgitation
  • Heartburn
  • Trouble or pain when swallowing
  • Food impaction — food getting stuck in the esophagus
  • Chest pain

Esophagitis can also afflict young children. Some of the more common signs of esophagitis in young children might involve:

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

You should schedule a consultation with one of our providers at Indianapolis Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the event that symptoms linger longer than a few days, over-the-counter antacid medications are not providing relief, eating is difficult due to pain, or if your symptoms are accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as fever, aching, and a headache.

Treatment strategies for esophagitis aim at reducing the symptoms being experienced by the patient. The treatment method differs according to the reason behind the condition. Some of those treatment options may include:

  • Changing medications (if caused by oral medications)
  • Changes in diet
  • Antacids (medications that reduce acid production
  • Steroids
  • Proton pump inhibitors
  • Antivirals
  • Prescription-strength acid reflux medications (H-2 receptor blockers)
  • Surgery (to fortify the esophageal sphincter and reduce acid regurgitation)
  • Dilation (to expand the diameter of the esophagus)
  • Antibiotics

One of the main goals in avoiding and treating esophagitis is to decrease acid regurgitation. This may be achieved by avoiding the ingestion of alcohol, caffeine, mint-flavored food items, and additional foods that lead to acid regurgitation. Incorporating the following lifestyle changes can also offer relief:

  • Good pill-taking protocols (such as eating before taking medication, consuming plenty of water with it, and avoiding lying down after taking medication)
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid lying down after eating
  • A healthy weight loss plan
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