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How is esophagitis diagnosed?
Endoscopy. An endoscopy procedure involves inserting a long, flexible tube (endoscope) down the throat and into the esophagus. A tiny camera on the end of the endoscope lets the doctor examine the esophagus, stomach and the beginning of the small intestine (duodenum).
What’s the difference between GERD and esophagitis?
Reflux esophagitis is one of the complications that can come from having chronic heartburn and acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Esophagitis is inflammation that damages the lining of the esophagus and often causes painful or difficult swallowing and chest pain.
How do you fix esophagitis?
- Over-the-counter drugs like antacids, or medications that block acid production like lansoprazole (Prevacid) and omeprazole (Prilosec).
- Prescription drugs that can block acid production or help clear your stomach.
- Surgery to strengthen the valve that separates your stomach and your esophagus.
How can I manage esophagitis on a daily basis?
Depending on the type of esophagitis you have, you may lessen symptoms or avoid recurring problems by following these steps: 1 Avoid foods that may increase reflux… 2 Use good pill-taking habits. Always take a pill with plenty of water… 3 Lose weight. Talk to your doctor about an appropriate diet and exercise routine to help you lose…
What happens if esophagitis is not treated?
If it is not treated, esophagitis can become very uncomfortable, causing difficulty in swallowing, and ulcers or scarring of the esophagus. Barrett’s esophagus, a complication of acid reflux, is a risk factor for cancer of the esophagus.
What should I do if my esophagus is too narrow?
Take smaller bites and chew your food well. And ask your doctor for dietary guidelines. You should avoid tobacco and alcohol. A procedure to dilate the esophagus may be necessary if the esophagus becomes too narrow and causes food to lodge.
When should I seek medical attention for esophagitis?
Seek immediate medical attention if: You have chest pain lasting more than a few minutes, especially if you have a history of heart problems, elevated blood pressure, or diabetes. You think you may have food stuck in your esophagus. You are unable to consume even small sips of water. Risk factors for developing esophagitis include: