4th October 2019

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How long does it take for an inflamed esophagus to heal?

If allowed to continue unabated, symptoms can cause considerable physical damage. One manifestation, reflux esophagitis (RO), creates visible breaks in the distal esophageal mucosa. To heal RO, potent acid suppression for 2 to 8 weeks is needed, and in fact, healing rates improve as acid suppression increases.

Consequently, what causes a narrowing of the esophagus?

Benign esophageal stricture can happen when scar tissue forms in the esophagus. This is often the result of damage to the esophagus. The most common cause of damage is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux. Frequent exposure to harmful stomach acid can cause scar tissue to form.

What foods help heal the esophagus?

Common trigger foods for people with reflux
  • High-fat foods. Fried and fatty foods can cause the LES to relax, allowing more stomach acid to back up into the esophagus.
  • Tomatoes and citrus fruit. Fruits and vegetables are important in a healthy diet.
  • Chocolate.
  • Garlic, onions, and spicy foods.
  • Caffeine.
  • Mint.
  • Other options.

Is esophagitis serious?

Untreated esophagitis can lead to serious health complications related to the function and structure of the esophagus. Complications include: Barrett's esophagus, damage to the lining of your esophagus, which can lead to a precancerous change in the tissue. holes or ulcers in the esophagus (esophageal perforation)
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