Depending on the type of esophagitis you have, you may lessen symptoms or avoid recurring problems by following these steps:
- Avoid foods that may increase reflux.
- Use good pill-taking habits.
- Lose weight.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Avoid certain medications.
- Avoid stooping or bending, especially soon after eating.
How do you treat an inflamed esophagus?
What Is the Treatment for Esophagitis?
- Medications that block acid production such as heartburn drugs.
- Antibiotics, anti-fungals, or antivirals to treat an infection.
- Pain medications that can be gargled or swallowed.
- Corticosteroid medication to reduce inflammation.
How long does an inflamed esophagus take to heal?
In most cases, symptoms begin to improve within a few days of starting the right treatment. But it can take weeks for symptoms to go away completely. Esophagitis from an infection may be harder to cure if the immune system is severely weakened.
What are the symptoms of an inflamed esophagus?
Symptoms of esophagitis include:
- difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
- pain when you swallow (odynophagia)
- sore throat.
- hoarse voice.
- acid reflux.
- chest pain (worse with eating)
What can I eat with an inflamed esophagus?
Breads and Grains
For starch, consider putting crackers or bread into soups or broths to soften them. Cooked cereals that don’t have nuts or seeds are gentle enough for an esophageal soft food diet. Avoid bread crusts, muffins, dinner rolls, rice, and other hard, scratchy grains that can further irritate the esophagus.