What is Eosinophilic Esophagitis?
Eosinophilic esophagitis is an inflammation of the esophagus due to a build-up of white blood cells – specifically, eosinophils – in the esophageal tissue. Since eosinophilic esophagitis is often caused by exposure to stomach acid (along with allergies, infection, and as a side effect of certain medications), this digestive health condition can be related to acid reflux or GERD.
The cause of the inflammation related to eosinophilic esophagitis seems closely related to allergic reactions, but at this point the condition is poorly understood. Symptoms of eosinophilic esophagitis include extreme pain and difficulty in swallowing, but may also include nausea, stomach pain, and a feeling of having food stuck in your throat.
Alternative medicine offers a few options for treating eosinophilic esophagitis, starting with an elimination diet to discover and eliminate food allergens that may be triggering the allergic reaction in your esophagus and/or acid reflux symptoms. Supplementation with amino acids1 or more specifically adherence to a so-called “elemental diet”2 has likewise been shown to offer dramatic improvements for those with eosinophilic esophagitis.