Esophagitis – Types, Symptoms, Risk Factors, Treatment and More

What Is Esophagitis?

Esophagitis is a condition where there is an inflammation or irritation of the esophagus. The esophagus is a tube that sends food from the mouth to the stomach. Common causes of esophagitis include acid reflux [1], bacterial or viral infection, or side effects of certain medications. Reflux is when the acid or stomach content back up into the esophagus.

Some common symptoms of this condition include sore throat, trouble swallowing, and heartburn. Untreated esophagitis can lead to ulcers, scarring, and narrowing of the esophagus, which can lead to medical emergencies.

Your treatment will be based on the cause of your condition. With proper treatment most healthy people should improve within two to four weeks. Recovery may take longer for people who have a weak immune system.