What is Esophagitis?
Esophagitis is a general term for any inflammation, irritation or swelling of the esophagus. It is frequently caused by a backflow of stomach acid to the esophagus. This is commonly called heartburn or GERD. As a result, irritation may cause the tissues to become inflamed and occasionally form ulcers.
Symptoms of Esophagitis
- Difficulty swallowing
- Burning sensation in the esophagus
- Painful swallowing
- Oral lesions
What Causes Stricture?
A stricture occurs when the inflamed area heals with a scar that narrows the esophagus. This results in causing problems with swallowing.
People who have frequent heartburn, vomit excessively, have had surgery or radiation to the chest or take medications like aspirin, ibuprofen and potassium are at a higher risk of developing strictures.
Furthermore, benign esophageal stricture is a narrowing of the esophagus that can cause swallowing difficulties.
Symptoms of Stricture
- Swallowing corrosive substances
- Bacterial or viral infection
- Difficult or painful swallowing
- Unintentional weight loss or food regurgitation
Lastly, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to you gastroenterologist to make sure you are getting the correct care.