Eosinophilic esophagitis can be alarming as your throat and esophagus becomes inflamed and swells, often causing breathing difficulties. At the Illinois Gastroenterology Group in Elgin, Illinois, the attentive health professionals provide diagnosis and treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis, using convenient on-site blood testing, endoscopy, endoscopic dilation, medications, nutrition counseling, and healthy lifestyle changes. Lower the inflammation with top-notch medical care and support. Call the Illinois Gastroenterology Group or simply click to book via the web.
Eosinophilic esophagitis refers to a type of white blood cell that builds up in the lining of the esophagus, the tube connecting your throat to your stomach.
The buildup of these white blood cells can inflame and damage your esophageal tissue, leading to swallowing difficulties and causing food to get stuck when you swallow.
Some of the signs and symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis include:
If you’re experiencing frequent eosinophilic esophagitis symptoms that interfere with your daily life, you should visit the Illinois Gastroenterology Group.
Eosinophils are normal white blood cells that are present in your digestive tract. With eosinophilic esophagitis, you experience an allergic reaction to an outside substance, for example, the lining of your esophagus might react to allergens like food or pollen.
The eosinophils then multiply in your esophagus and produce a protein that causes inflammation. Over time, this inflammation can lead to scarring, narrowing, and the formation of excess fibrous tissue in your esophageal lining.
To diagnose eosinophilic esophagitis, your Illinois Gastroenterology Group provider will order blood tests and procedures like endoscopy, a test where your provider uses a long narrow tube called an endoscope that contains a light and tiny camera.
Your provider inserts the endoscope through your mouth and down your esophagus to inspect your esophageal lining for inflammation, horizontal rings, narrowing, and vertical furrows. During an endoscopy, your provider can do a biopsy, taking a small sample of tissue for lab analysis.
To treat your eosinophilic esophagitis, your provider might suggest healthy lifestyle changes like nutritional counseling, vitamins and supplements, weight loss, stress management, and regular appropriate exercise.
Your provider might also recommend testing for food allergies and suggest you stop eating certain foods like wheat that could be causing you problems. The goal is to lower the inflammation and relieve your symptoms.
Certain medications can sometimes be helpful like topical steroids or proton pump inhibitors (PPI).
If you have more severe narrowing of your esophagus, your provider might suggest endoscopic dilation, a stretching of the esophagus to make swallowing easier. Dilation might be used if steroids aren’t helping.
For individualized services and the best and latest testing and treatments for eosinophilic esophagitis, book an appointment online or call Illinois Gastroenterology Group today.