Eosinophilic Esophagitis

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Illinois Gastroenterology Group

Gastroenterology located in Arlington Heights, IL & Elk Grove Village, IL

Eosinophilic esophagitis causes chronic inflammation of your esophagus, the tube running from your throat to your stomach. This newly recognized disease is growing more common, now affecting around 1 in 2,000 Americans. The team at Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elk Grove and Arlington Heights, Illinois, has extensive experience and advanced knowledge needed to diagnose and treat eosinophilic esophagitis and all other gastrointestinal diseases. Book your appointment online or by phone today.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Q & A

What is Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a condition in which your esophagus lining grows inflamed due to a large collection of white blood cells called eosinophils. 

This can make swallowing painful, which can trigger other problems like weight loss. In children, eosinophilic esophagitis can affect a child’s normal growth if the child's not getting adequate nutrition due to pain when eating.

Do I Have Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

Your Illinois Gastroenterology Group doctor can evaluate you and make a diagnosis. Symptoms can vary depending on age and the patient.

  • Infants and Toddlers: Even if your child's not yet able to communicate their symptoms verbally, you can observe them for possible indicators of eosinophilic esophagitis like refusing to eat and failure to grow normally.
  • School-Age Children: Children might complain of pain when they swallow, abdominal pain, or both. School-age children might also vomit regularly when suffering from eosinophilic esophagitis.
  • Teens and Adults: Teens and adults usually experience painful swallowing with eosinophilic esophagitis. In severe cases, the esophagus might eventually narrow and make swallowing even more difficult.

All ages can suffer from reflux (backflow of food) and insomnia due to discomfort. Choking is a potential danger at any age. These symptoms are serious and require attention as soon as possible.

What Causes Eosinophilic Esophagitis?

The cause isn't known for certain but researchers believe that it's likely an allergic reaction to either food or environmental substances like pollen and dust mites. 

Genetics could also contribute to the development of eosinophilic esophagitis. Regardless of the cause, there’s relief available at Illinois Gastroenterology Group.

How is Eosinophilic Esophagitis Treated?

Treatment is tailored to each patient and usually includes both diet management and medication. You'll likely need allergy testing to identify food and environmental allergies. 

This gives your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider the information needed to recommend dietary and lifestyle changes that can help.

Medication depends on the situation and your particular symptoms. Topical steroids, like those in asthma inhalers, are often helpful for eosinophilic esophagitis symptoms. Acid-suppressing medications can also help if you're suffering from reflux.  

To learn more about eosinophilic esophagitis and how your gastroenterologist can help, call the Illinois Gastroenterology Group office nearest you or use the online appointment scheduler now.