Esophagitis is inflammation of one’s esophagus, which is the tube that carries food from your throat to your stomach. The condition may also be called esophagitis. This condition if left untreated can cause serve discomfort as well as damage the lining of the esophagus. The most common indicators of esophagitis include difficulty swallowing, nausea, vomiting, pain when swallowing, heartburn, food impaction which is food becoming stuck in the esophagus and acid reflux. Esophagitis also is known as esophagitis, is most commonly associated with heartburn. Often acid is the cause of esophagitis, though there are other causes of esophagitis.
1. What Causes Esophagitis?
Esophagitis is caused by infection or irritation of the lining of the esophagus. Most commonly the cause of the inflammation is gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD. GERD is when the stomach acid moves into the throat, causing damage and inflammation to the esophagus. Other causes of esophagitis include medications, hernias, or compromised immune systems caused by conditions such as H.I.V and diabetes. Infections can also cause this condition, such as candida and herpes. Sometimes a patient may take a rather large pill with too little water, causing fragments of the pill to become stuck in the throat, resulting in esophagitis. Swallowing toxic substances can also cause this condition. Too much alcohol consumption can also cause this condition. However, research regarding this is conflicting.