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for the second day i have pain in esophagus when food or liquid reaches the stomach and goes in. it's like in the middle of chest but closer to the right side. it seems that something is irritated much. started to take nexium and gaviscon. will it help? im afraid

Yes, both meds will help, especially the Nexium. You are probably experiencing esophageal spasms. They're painful but, like I said, the medicine will help alot.  (+ info)


i am only 25 years of age and i have been diagnosed for the above condition. i have severe inflammation in my esophagus and it can lead to ulcer or even cancer. i am seeing a doctor and a herbal doctor. the herbal doctor has given me a liver tonic which i am taking from last 2 days. i always feel that something is stuck in my chest and not moving down. my stomach is producing too much acid. can someone please help me here? i would like to know what should i eat - even recipes would be really appreciated. any natural way to heal this sore. please any positive information will be really helpful. i am married and am trying to get pregnant and look forward to the future.i am an Indian. and any medicines or recipes or anything you think would be good to neutralise my stomach acid will be good. thanks a lot with your answers in advance and may God Bless you all. An advise from me, please eat less chillies as this is a major factor in my condition. take care of your health.take time to relax

I would like to see you taking Nexium. You must get rid of the insult before your tissues can begin to heal, some of the damage is permanent. You must watch what you eat, no chili's, or acidic foods, and take nexium or some other PPI type of antacid, this is very important as cancer is a real risk. And esophageal cancer is extremely deadly.  (+ info)

What happens when Esophagitis is left untreated?

I was recently diagnosed with esophagitis when I had an endoscopy done due to severe chest pain. Since then I have moved and never treated. Im only 25. Could this develop into cancer?

Chronic esophagitis, usually due to gastroesophageal reflux disease, can cause strictures, also the chronic irritation to the insides of the esophagus by the acid from your stomach can cause the cell lining to switch types (we call this metaplasia) this new change (Barret's esophagus) is a premalignant condition that develops into cancer in 7% of the cases.
Don't be alarmed, it's a long process and you can easily prevent it by treating the cause of your esophagitis and being followed-up  (+ info)

How would a physician differentiate between eosinophilic esophagitis and severe oral lichen planus?

I am diagnosed with only oral lichen planus, never had a purple papule on flexor surfaces. I have no lower esophogeal sphincter tone, and severe esophagitis.

The physician would use Gastroscopy.

Try www.emedicine.com BUT dont go directly --> go thru Yahoo Search / Google search otherwise you will be taken to payment page. Search both diseases like --> "eosinophilic esophagitis emedicine"

The site is an excellent resource even for doctors.  (+ info)

What can I do to relieve the acute pain from esophagitis?

I suspect I may have esophagitis... I get episodes of severe stinging chest pain at random times, and food feels like it gets stuck when I swallow. Is there something I can take over the counter to relieve the acute chest pain....cloraseptic spray? Is there something by prescription that would be far better? This is just for acute relief, not long term healing
this is just while I'm waiting on my GI referral, it's still a few weeks away

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Does marijuana or skunk have a bad effect to people who have esophagitis?

is smokin generally too bad for people who suffer from Esophagitis? but the question is especially about weed..

If it's smoked through a vaporizer I doubt it. But anyone with respiratory problems should stay away from most kind of combusted smoke.

P.S. Skunk is a specific strain of marijuana. It is also slang for marijuana.  (+ info)

Can anyone give me information on eosinophilic esophagitis?

I am curious about this conditon. Is there a cure for it? Do infants with it grow out of it?

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a recently and increasingly recognized disorder in adults. It is characterized clinically by dysphagia, often accompanied by food impaction. An allergic history or asthma is not an uncommon accompanying historical feature. Often, the history of dysphagia dates to adolescence. Characteristically, endoscopy reveals evidence of a long narrowing beneath a proximal stenosis or stricture of the esophagus, a corrugated or ringed appearance, or a generalized narrow appearance of the esophagus. Frank esophagitis is not part of the macroscopic endoscopic picture of eosinophilic esophagitis. After dilation of the esophagus, it is not uncommon to see "fracturing" of the mucosa that can be alarmingly long and deep. Severe chest pain following dilation is not unusual with this disease. All of these endoscopic features are very suggestive of a diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis, but are not diagnostic. The diagnosis is made by the finding of increased eosinophils in the mucosa on an endoscopic biopsy specimen. The degree of eosinophilic infiltration "diagnostic" of eosinophilic esophagitis has not been determined, and has been observed to be quite variable.

The currently recommended treatment for eosinophilic esophagitis is based on the hypothesis that this disorder represents an epithelial response to an antigen (allergic response). Thus, avoidance of foods that seem to cause esophageal symptoms, and use of antisecretory compounds (proton-pump inhibitors) and/or anti-inflammatory agents (fluticasone or montelukast) has been recommended on the basis of observational and uncontrolled experience. However, it is important to note that none of these therapies has ever been demonstrated as effective in improving outcomes in patients with eosinophilic esophagitis in randomized, controlled clinical trials, and thus, the recommendation for this treatment approach is based on theory and observation, not fact.

Additionally, the natural history of this disorder has not been well characterized, but appears to be marked by periods of spontaneous remission and exacerbations that are not linked to specific factors, although food allergies and exposure have been implicated.

Within the past few years, eosinophilic esophagitis has emerged from a medical curiosity to one that has received considerable attention in the literature. Several reasons might explain this interest. First, whereas this entity was considered mostly to be a problem of children, many more adults are being diagnosed with this disease. Second, it has also become clear that many of the cases of refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in children and young adults may in fact be eosinophilic esophagitis. Third, it has become an important etiology for several previously poorly understood processes in the past, including patients with unexplained dysphagia, small caliber and ringed esophagus, and part of the differential diagnosis of unexplained nausea and vomiting. Fourth, it has become another variant of allergic type disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, the disease is of interest to gastroenterologists, and allergists and immunologists as well. In this article, available data on eosinophilic esophagitis are given with attention to the large body of more recent literature trying to better define all aspects of this curious entity.  (+ info)

What are some good things to eat if I have Esophagitis?

I have Esophagitis and was wondering if anyone knew any food that would help put down the acidic pains, or that just are good to eat. Thanks

First make sure you're not taking any medications that could make it worse, like aspirin, or ibuprofen, and don't smoke. Avoid any acidic food or beverages (oranges, grapefruit, cola, caffeine, etc.) It is better to eat more frequent smaller meals. Go on the internet and find a good listing of a "soft" or "bland" diet. The same types of food that would be listed for an ulcer, or gastritis would also be good for esophagitis. If you've diagnosed yourself then you need to see a doctor if the condition persists.  (+ info)

What is difference between esophagitis and erosive esophagitis and esophageal ulcers?

esophagitis- swelling of esophagis

erosive esophagitis- all esophagis lining is eroding

esophageal ulcers- ulsers on esophagis  (+ info)

I think I may have light stages of esophagitis, can someone help me determine a possiblilty?

I have had regular heartburn ever since I was 16 I guess like any other average person. This past year, it started to get bad, but anti acids always cured it. Just recently, I began feeling a minor pain in the middle of my chest when I swallow food. It's not unbearable at all, nor does it prevent me from eating. Anti Acids seem to help. Does anyone know of anyone who has had similiar symptoms and if so, what was the determination?

you are way too young for this type of problem.you should see your doctor about this problem.you should not treat yourself using these products every day.please let your physician evaluate your symptoms and possibly do further testing to determine cause.  (+ info)

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