October 3, 2011
Esophagitis refers to any kind of swelling, inflammation or irritation of the esophagus, regardless of the source. An episode of esophagitis can have symptoms that include difficult or painful swallowing, heartburn or a sore throat.
A number of different causes can be behind an episode of esophagitis, including:
- Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD
- Eosinophilic esophagitis, an autoimmune disorder
- Excessive use of alcohol
- Chest surgery, including treatments for lung cancer
- Some medications
- Frequent vomiting, as is found in conditions like bulimia
- Candida infections
If esophagitis is left untreated, it could lead to ulceration of the esophagus or even cancer. If the source of the esophagitis is identified, often the treatment is as simple as removing the cause.
Acid reflux can be treated in a variety of methods, including taking over-the-counter antacids or prescription medications. Changing eating habits can also help ease the symptoms of acid reflux.
If esophagitis is caused by alcohol consumption or smoking, it may be time to discuss these habits with your doctor. Addictions can be difficult to treat, but they are never impossible. Your doctor can help you set up a program to treat your addictions and prevent further damage to your esophagus.
Certain medications, such as Fosamax and other osteoporosis medications, ibuprofen, aspirin and even vitamin C can be rough on your esophagus. Taking these medications with plenty of water and not laying down immediately after taking them can help ease the discomfort. If you are taking Fosamax, follow your doctor’s directions carefully, as they are quite specific to help prevent esophagitis.
If your esophagitis is caused by an infection, like candida, treating the infection will treat the esophagitis.
For serious conditions like esophagitis caused by cancer treatment, bulimia or eosinophilic esophagitis, have a frank discussion with your doctor and follow your treatment program carefully.
Natural Esophagitis Treatments
A number of natural remedies are available to help ease the pain and discomfort of esophagitis. It is important to note that these remedies will not heal or cure the conditions that may be causing your esophagitis. They are primarily useful for easing the symptoms until the underlying condition is successfully treated.
- Drinking a single glass of cold milk can provide relief from esophagitis symptoms.
- Steep ginger tea using loose tea or teabags found in the natural foods section of your local market. Add honey to the tea and allow it to cool. Drink it lukewarm or iced for the best results.
- Eating yogurt every day can help to treat many throat infections, and is especially helpful if your esophagitis is caused by a candida infection.
Changing some of your eating habits can also provide you with relief from esophagitis symptoms. Eating several small meals a day, instead of three large ones can help treat your esophagitis, especially if acid reflux is the culprit. Chew your food thoroughly and take smaller bites. If you are having an acute flare, stick with soft foods like puddings, applesauce and cold soups and avoid spicy foods.
For more information on esophagitis treatment of for information on preventative care be sure to contact Reflux Remedy at refluxremedy.com today!