Eosinophilic Esophagitis Symptoms & Signs

 
 

Symptoms of EoE can vary depending on how old a person is. In young children, it can look like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) with feeding disorders and poor growth. While EoE and GERD can exist at the same time, they are different. For teenagers and adults with EoE, the main symptoms are more likely to be chest pain and trouble swallowing foods. EoE symptoms can flare up. For example, some people with EoE have seasonal flares with environmental allergen triggers, like pollen.

EOE VERSUS GERD: HOW CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE?

EOE VERSUS GERD: HOW CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE?

EoE is an allergic inflammatory condition. White blood cells called eosinophils collect in the walls of the esophagus, the tube that leads from the mouth to the stomach. The inflammation causes pain and swelling, which make swallowing difficult.

GERD, on the other hand, is caused by acidic stomach fluids being regurgitated into the esophagus. The acids damage the lining of the esophagus, causing heartburn.

The tricky part is, EoE can also cause heartburn while GERD can also cause trouble swallowing. It’s not uncommon for children with EoE to be misdiagnosed as having GERD. And to make matters even more confusing, sometimes both conditions are present. Testing eosinophil levels in the esophagus is the best way to tell EoE from GERD.

Common Signs & Symptoms of EoE

EoE symptoms

Common Signs & Symptoms of EoE

  • Vomiting
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD or spitting up)
  • Nausea
  • Food aversion (avoiding certain foods or textures)
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Growth failure
  • Chest and/or belly pain

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