Esophagitis Treatment

If the esophagitis is, diagnose at its early stage, and then simple home remedies and some medications is enough to treat esophagitis.

How do you Treat Esophagitis?

Esophagitis treatment depends on the specific cause:

  • If esophagitis has caused by an esophageal infection, then it is treating with medications to eliminate infection such as antibiotics, antiviral and antifungal.
  • If esophagitis has caused by acid reflux, then it is treating with medication to reduce acidity with antacids or reduce acid-secretion with proton pump inhibitors.

If the esophagitis is, diagnose only after it caused scar tissue with difficulty swallowing, then more invasive treatment may be required.

Endoscopic esophagitis treatments

Some common invasive endoscopic esophagitis treatments are:

  • Endoscopy to remove foreign bodies (such as foods, pill fragments) stuck in the esophagus.
  • Stretch or dilatation of the esophagus is performing by endoscopy procedure.
  • Some time’s surgery may be unavoidable to remove any damaged portions of the esophagus.

Esophagitis Medication Treatments

Prescribe esophagitis medications based on its cause and its symptoms; they are:

  • Esophagitis caused by fungal infection (Candida Esophagitis) is treating with antifungal medications such as fluconazole [Diflucan] or nystatin [Bio-Statin, Mycostatin, Mycostatin Pastilles, and Nilstat].
  • Esophagitis caused by viral infection (Herpes Esophagitis) is treating with antiviral medications such as such as acyclovir [Zovirax].
  • Esophagitis caused by acid reflux (GERD Esophagitis) is treating with antacids such as calcium carbonate.
  • o    if the acid reflux and esophagus damage is high, then medication is requiring reducing acid production in the stomach. These medications include H2 blockers such as ranitidine [Zantac], famotidine [Pepcid], cimetidine [Tagamet], and nizatidine [Axid]) or proton pump inhibitors (pantoprazole [Protonix], esomeprazole [Nexium], rabeprazole [Aciphex], lansoprazole [Prevacid], and omeprazole [Prilosec].
  • o    if the acid reflux and esophagus damage is higher than medication is required to limit acid production in the stomach. These medications are proton pump inhibitors. If it does not help, then medication to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter is given such as metoclopramide (Reglan), it also decreases reflux.