The 3rd annual National Eosinophil Awareness Week is right around the corner -- May 17 through May 23, 2009. This week was created to help raise awareness for all eosinophilic disorders, including eosinophilic esophagitis (EE). EE is a rare inflammatory, gastrointestinal condition where the wall of the esophagus fills with eosinophils.
The number of people that are getting diagnosed with EE is rising but the condition is still relatively unknown. EE is often caused by food allergies and children with this condition are usually on a severely restricted diet. Because of this, many of them use an amino acid-based formula like Neocate as their source of nutrition.
For more information about EE, check out our EE 101 entry.
Since this rare disease often goes undiagnosed for months, National Eosinophil Awareness Week is a great time to help raise awareness about these conditions. To find out what events are going on during the awareness week, click here.
And to see what another family is doing to raise awareness about EE, check out this blog entry about Tami and her son Justin of Richmond, Virginia.
What are you doing for Eosinophil Awareness Week?