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What‌ ‌Is‌ ‌Eosinophilic‌ ‌Esophagitis?

What‌ ‌Is‌ ‌Eosinophilic‌ ‌Esophagitis?

Diagnosing Eosinophilic Esophagitis

While patients may think that a reaction to the food they eat is simply a food allergy, in some instances, this flare-up is a sign of another immune condition. Also known as EoE, keep reading to learn the common symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis and how our board-certified specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia can help treat it.

What is EoE?

Your esophagus is the muscular tube that carries foods and liquids from your mouth to your stomach. The food and drinks you consume can then be broken down easily for your body to digest.

However, patients with eosinophilic esophagitis experience a build-up of white blood cells (eosinophils) in their esophagus. This build-up can cause damage to your esophagus and can also lead to problems with swallowing food properly.

Is EoE an Allergic Reaction?

While there is no definitive answer, most experts say that eosinophilic esophagitis is, in fact, an immune and gastrointestinal disease. The white cell buildup and subsequent inflammation in a patient with EOE’s esophagus is likely a reaction to foods, allergens, or acid reflux. The condition was only identified in the early 90s, and much research continues on the exact cause and best treatment plan.

Common Symptoms of EoE

Both adults and children can develop this condition, and the most common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chest pain
  • Regurgitation of food
  • Food stuck in the esophagus
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Failure to thrive (children)
  • No response to GERD medication (children)

If you or your child experiences any of these symptoms, reach out to our board-certified specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Eosinophilic‌ ‌Esophagitis Treatment Options

According to the AAAI, most patients with EoE are atopic — meaning that they have symptoms of one or more allergic disorders.

During the endoscopic procedure, our highly trained allergists look for the following signs of eosinophilic esophagitis:

  • Inflammation
  • Constriction
  • Trachealization, or concentric rings

After performing an endoscopy to diagnose EoE, our specialists will narrow down the cause of the patient’s allergies. Whether environmental or food-related, we may offer one of the following treatments:

  • Immunotherapy
  • Restrictive diets
  • Biological treatments

Immune Disorder and Allergy Treatments in Alpharetta

Learning what triggers eosinophilic esophagitis can improve your quality of life. To speak to a board-certified allergist at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia in one of our convenient Metro Atlanta locations, call (770) 285-5200 or request an appointment via our online patient contact form.

Our offices are located throughout the metro Atlanta area in Alpharetta, Carrollton, Villa Rica, Newnan, Smyrna/Vinings, Hiram, Peachtree City/Fayetteville, Acworth/Kennesaw, and Douglasville and we have a no-wait policy in all of our offices to ensure you receive the information you need to treat eosinophilic esophagitis.