What are the Symptoms of Esophagitis?

What are the Symptoms of Esophagitis?

Esophagitis is inflammation or irritation of the esophagus, often caused by the reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus (acid reflux) or other irritants. Symptoms of esophagitis can vary in intensity and may include:

  1. Heartburn:
    • A burning sensation or discomfort in the chest or upper abdomen, often after eating, lying down, or bending over.
  2. Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia):
    • A feeling of food getting stuck or a sensation that something is lodged in the throat or chest while swallowing.
  3. Painful Swallowing (Odynophagia):
    • Pain or discomfort when swallowing, particularly when swallowing solid foods or liquids.
  4. Regurgitation:
    • Bringing up partially digested food or sour-tasting fluid (acid reflux) into the mouth.
  5. Nausea or Vomiting:
    • Feeling nauseous or vomiting, especially after meals or when experiencing severe heartburn.
  6. Excessive Salivation:
    • Increased saliva production, often as a response to irritation or inflammation in the esophagus.
  7. Chest Pain:
    • Chest pain or discomfort, which may be mistaken for heart-related chest pain (angina). Esophagitis-related chest pain often occurs after meals or when lying down.
  8. Hoarse Voice or Sore Throat:
    • Hoarseness or a scratchy, sore throat, often due to irritation from stomach acid.
  9. Cough:
    • Chronic or persistent cough, particularly if worsened by lying down or after eating.
  10. Bad Breath (Halitosis):
    • Persistent bad breath, which can be caused by stomach acid reflux.
  11. Discomfort or Pain in the Upper Abdomen:
    • Discomfort, pain, or a feeling of fullness in the upper abdomen.
  12. Chronic Belching or Hiccups:
    • Frequent belching (burping) or hiccups, especially after meals.
  13. Weight Loss:
    • Unintended weight loss, especially if swallowing difficulties lead to reduced food intake.

It’s important to consult a healthcare professional if you suspect you have esophagitis or are experiencing persistent or severe symptoms. Untreated esophagitis can lead to complications such as esophageal strictures (narrowing), Barrett’s esophagus, or esophageal ulcers. Treatment often involves lifestyle changes, dietary modifications, medications to reduce stomach acid, and addressing the underlying cause of esophagitis.

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