Raising Awareness About Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Posted 4.2.09 | Nutrition Specialist

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EE) is a gastrointestinal condition that may be caused by food allergies. Although EE is rare, the number of people being diagnosed with this condition is on the rise and many families are beginning to share their stories in order to raise awareness.

Tami of Richmond, Virginia and her 6-year-old son Justin recently shared their EE story with a local TV station. From the time Justin was born, he could not keep his food down and was constantly sick. It took several years of Justin’s mother taking him from one doctor to another before he was finally given the correct diagnosis of EE.

Here is Justin’s story:

Many children who suffer from EE follow severely restricted diets and rely on amino acid-based formulas such as Neocate for their nutritional needs.

Common symptoms of EE include:

Severe heartburn;
Difficulty swallowing; and
Weight loss.

Fore more information about EE, check out our previous entry, “Eosinophilic Esophagitis 101,” here.

And if you’d like to join Tami and Justin in raising awareness about EE, put May 17-23 on your calendars - it’s National Eosinophil Awareness Week.

- Nita

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