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Esophagitis

 

Esophagitis is a condition causing inflammation of the esophagus which is the tube connecting the mouth and the stomach.

Causes 

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease(GERD)
  • Excessive vomiting
  • Bacterial, viral or fungal infections
  • Chemical injury by swallowing a toxic substance
  • Radiation injury
  • Surgery
  • Certain medications

Symptoms

  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Heartburn
  • Mouth sores
  • Nausea or vomiting

Treatment

  • Anti acid medication to reduce heartburn
  • Medications like antibiotics or antivirals to cure infection
  • Corticosteroids to reduce inflammation
  • Surgery to remove the damaged part of the esophagus

Prevention

  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid excessive alcohol
  • Avoid heavy and spicy meals before bedtime
  • Swallow medications with plenty of water
  • Avoid infections