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The esophagus connects the mouth to the stomach, allowing for food to pass through easily. An inflammation of the esophagus is known as esophagitis 12. It results in tissue damage to the esophagus. According to the Mayo Clinic, causes include oral medication, infection, allergies or the backup of stomach acids into the esophagus 1. Symptoms include painful swallowing and chest pain. Treatment often includes medication, but limiting certain foods may alleviate symptoms.
If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.
Foods to Avoid
Certain foods are known to relax the esophageal sphincter, the valve that allows food to pass through the esophagus to the stomach. Consumption of such foods may result in a backup of stomach acids into the esophagus and cause esophagitis 12. Spicy foods, chocolate, caffeine, tomatoes, oranges, grapefruit, alcohol, tobacco and mint should be avoided to alleviate symptoms of esophagitis 12.cause:
- Spicy foods
- mint should be avoided to alleviate symptoms of esophagitis 12
Foods to Include
Methods to Alleviate Symptoms
Eat slowly and chew food completely. This allows food to pass through the esophagus and reduces pain. Eating several small meals throughout the day instead of three large meals may help the esophagus rest and reduce inflammation. Drink plenty of fluids while eating to alleviate swallowing difficulties. If symptoms persist or reoccur, contact a health care professional for medical attention.
Eating several small meals throughout the day instead of three large meals may help the esophagus rest and reduce inflammation. According to the Mayo Clinic, causes include oral medication, infection, allergies or the backup of stomach acids into the esophagus. Symptoms of esophagitis can be painful, making eating difficult.
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