Erosive Esophagitis

November 12, 2012

Erosive Esophagitis

Erosive esophagitis is a term that is used to describe any tenderness, swelling or soreness of the esophagus and is a factor in the various types of GERD (gastroesophagael reflux disease).

The root of gastroesophagael reflux disease is as a result of an irregular reflux of gastric acids and liquids that go back into the esophagus. This is caused by the lower esophageal sphincter relaxing in an abnormal fashion and this operates as a divider between the stomach and the esophagus.

Gastroesophagael reflux disease is quite common. For the majority of people affected by it they do not make an appointment to see a doctor because they only suffer from minor symptoms of this disease. People who suffer from persistent or severe symptoms of acid reflex disease will normally be seen by a gastroenterologist.

Gastroesophagael reflux disease, heartburn and acid reflux can be caused by many things. One of the main reasons for causing gastroesophagael reflux disease is due to the foods that are eaten. Many people eat particular foods which produces excessive stomach acid which cannot be absorbed.

Should the patient suffer from the less severe symptoms of erosive esophagitis a doctor will normally recommend a change in diet. But if the patient is experiencing extreme pain, it may be a prescribed medication is required.

The medication does not provide a cure for erosive esophagitis but is designed to reduce the pain throughout the period of recovery and also adjusting to changes in diet. A doctor may prescribe H(2)-Receptor Blockers or a Proton Pump Inhibitor. Other changes which are recommended in easing the symptoms of erosive esophagitis are avoiding or reducing alcohol intake, stop smoking, weight loss and the patient should start doing more regular exercise.

The patients who have an erosive esophagitis and who follow the doctor’s recommendations to make a complete lifestyle change to diet and carry out more exercise tend to report symptoms reducing. But if the symptoms do not lessen and are causing pain or discomfort, it is important to visit the doctor and ask for a complete diagnosis.

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