LIVING WITH EOSINOPHILIC ESOPHAGITIS

The definitive resource for understanding, treating and living with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE).

"1 out of every 2,000 people may have EoE. This amount is similar to the number of people who have Crohn's Disease."

 

What Is Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE)?

Eosinophilic esophagitis (commonly referred to as EoE) is a chronic, allergic inflammatory disease of the esophagus. It occurs when a type of white blood cell, the eosinophil, accumulates in the esophagus and persists despite acid-blocking medicine. Eosinophilic esophagitis is a rare disease, but increasing in prevalence with an estimated 1 out of 2,000 people affected – with no currently available cure.

What Are The Common Symptions of Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE)?

DYSPHAGIA

Dysphagia

Difficulty Swallowing

Food Impaction

Food Impaction

Food gets stuck in the esophagus

Chest Pain

Chest Pain

Regular episodes of chest pain

Heartburn

Heartburn

Daily symptoms without relief

Abdominal Pain

Upper Abdominal Pain

Persistent with daily flair ups

GERD Treatment

GERD Treatment Unsuccessful

No response to reflux medication

How is Eosinophilic Esophagitis Diagnosed?

A gastroenterologist must evaluate a patient for the symptoms consistent with eosinophilic esophagitis, taking a careful history. Since EoE can mimic other conditions, more common diseases such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) must first be ruled out. If acid blockers do not relieve symptoms (typically after 2 months of treatment), a doctor will perform an upper endoscopy to determine if one has EoE.

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How Do You Treat Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Since the cause of EoE is still not known, finding an effective treatment method will vary based on the individual’s response. Some options are:

Dietary Therapy

Identify food allergies and sensitivities

Esophageal Dilation

Surgical procedure to stretch the esophagus

Natural Treatments

Herbs and supplements

Steroids / Acid Suppression

Topical Glucocorticoids and Proton Pump Inhibitors

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