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Esophagitis (say "ih-sof-uh-JY-tus") is irritation of the esophagus, the tube that carries food from your throat to your stomach.
Acid reflux is the most common cause of this condition. When you have reflux, stomach acid and juices flow upward. This can cause pain or a burning feeling in your chest. You may have a sore throat. It may be hard to swallow.
Other causes of this condition include some medicines and natural health products. Allergies or an infection can also cause it.
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and past health. He or she might do tests to find the cause of your symptoms.
Treatment depends on what is causing the problem. Treatment might include changing your diet or taking medicine to relieve your symptoms. It might also include changing a medicine that is causing your symptoms.
If you have reflux, medicine that reduces the stomach acid helps your body heal. It might take 1 to 3 weeks to heal.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: November 7, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz MD - Otolaryngology
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