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Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) in Illinois

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Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a condition of the esophagus characterized by inflammation. Any time a certain type of white blood cell referred to as an eosinophil builds up in the lining of the esophagus, the esophagus can become swollen (leading to esophagitis). The accumulation of these eosinophils is most commonly a response to acid reflux or a reaction to allergens or food. EoE may be a concern for patients of every age. However, it is suffered more often by younger, male Caucasians, who make up about 75 percent of cases. At GI Alliance of Illinois, our specialists provide personalized care for this condition. If you are dealing with EoE in Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, or Bloomington, IL, call our practice to request a consultation.

The percentage of people being diagnosed with EoE has been increasing at a rapid pace, related to the increase in asthma and allergies. Some of the most common causes of EoE include:

  • Abdominal or chest pain
  • Allergic reaction (to food, pollen, etc.)
  • Impaction and dysphagia (a struggle with swallowing, or having food become stuck in the esophagus)
  • Esophageal damage (esophageal inflammation could lead to tissue scarring and narrowing of the esophagus)

A few of the risk factors associated with a diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis are:

  • Being male
  • Time of year (a person is more likely to be diagnosed with EoE in seasons with elevated levels of pollen and other allergens)
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Geography (individuals living in dry, cold conditions are more likely to be diagnosed])
  • Family history of EoE

Request an appointment in Illinois, at GI Alliance of Illinois for more information on how we will help you or your family get the relief that is needed.

The symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis for adults and children throughout Illinois can differ slightly. The primary symptoms for adults will include:

  • Pain in the upper stomach
  • A cough
  • Trouble swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Acid reflux
  • A lack of efficacy from acid reflux medication
  • Food blocking in your esophagus while eating
  • Chest pain

The primary symptoms in children could include:

  • Below average growth, weight loss, malnutrition
  • Stomach and abdominal pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vomiting
  • Impaction (food blockage in the esophagus)
  • Struggles eating (children)
  • Difficulty with feedings (infants)

If you or your child are dealing with these symptoms in any combination, or require over-the-counter (OTC) medication for heartburn more often than two times per week, call to request a consultation with a GI Alliance of Illinois gastrointestinal provider at your earliest convenience.

The treatment for eosinophilic esophagitis with our Illinois providers mainly works to treat the symptoms of the condition. In the event that you are managing symptoms resulting from food allergies, your gastroenterologist commonly recommends that you refrain from consuming triggering foods. Patients are often encouraged to adhere to the six-food elimination diet (SFED), removing shellfish, fish, soy, nuts, eggs, milk, and wheat from their diet for an indicated duration of time. Symptoms during this time are observed closely, and individual foods are carefully reintroduced to the diet to identify which foods are to blame for the response. Certain medications might be prescribed for example topical steroids or a proton pump inhibitor. If symptoms continue to persist, your physician may suggest esophageal dilation. This treatment at GI Alliance of Illinois helps stretch the diameter of your esophagus to create ease when swallowing.

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If you are dealing with eosinophilic esophagitis, you can find expert help and compassionate care through the skilled GI providers at GI Alliance of Illinois. Our board-certified gastrointestinal providers apply a patient-focused approach to manage and treat conditions like eosinophilic esophagitis and optimize your health. To get in touch with a provider who specializes EoE treatments in Illinois, please connect with our office as soon as possible.

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