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Eosinophilic Esophagitis Specialist

Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd.

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Tempe, AZ & Mesa, AZ

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a chronic immune system disease that may make it hard for you to swallow without pain. The condition was identified only in the past 20 years, and rates of eosinophilic esophagitis diagnoses are on the rise. Suresh Anand, MD, FACP, FCCP, and Miriam Anand, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. in Tempe, Mesa, and Chandler, Arizona, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis. To schedule a consultation to learn more about the chronic condition, contact the office nearest you by phone or book online today.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis Q & A

What is eosinophilic esophagitis?

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a chronic, allergic inflammatory condition. It’s the result of an accumulation of eosinophils in the lining of your esophagus. An eosinophil is a type of immune system cell normally found in your digestive system

The buildup of eosinophils in your esophagus may develop from a reaction to food, an allergen, or acid reflux. Over time, the overabundance of eosinophils in your esophagus damages the delicate tissue and leads to chronic inflammation

Eosinophilic esophagitis was identified as a disease only in the past 20 years. Though it’s considered a rare condition, research indicates that rates of diagnosis are on the rise. 

The chronic inflammatory condition occurs in children and adults. 

What are eosinophilic esophagitis symptoms?

Eosinophilic esophagitis symptoms vary and may depend on the age of onset. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Feeling like you have food stuck in your throat
  • Ongoing heartburn
  • Acid reflux symptoms that don’t improve with antacids
  • Chest or upper abdominal pain
  • Food regurgitation

In children, eosinophilic esophagitis may cause feeding problems that lead to a slowdown in growth and development (failure to thrive). 

If you’re experiencing these symptoms and can’t get the right diagnosis, the team at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. can help.

How is eosinophilic esophagitis diagnosed?

The specialists at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. conduct comprehensive evaluations to determine the root cause of your symptoms and confirm or rule out eosinophilic esophagitis.

All new patient appointments take 2-3 hours. During your initial visit, the team conducts a thorough history and physical to find the best solution to alleviate your symptoms.

Your provider may also recommend diagnostic testing, such as an upper endoscopy, biopsy of your esophageal tissue, and blood tests. They also conduct advanced allergy testing.

How is eosinophilic esophagitis treated?

Diet modification and medication are the primary treatments for eosinophilic esophagitis.

In addition to advising you to skip any identified food allergens, the team at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. may recommend you avoid foods known to cause inflammatory reactions, such as:

  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Nuts 
  • Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Fish and shellfish

To alleviate inflammation, the team prescribes a topical corticosteroid that you swallow and a proton-pump inhibitor to reduce acid reflux. 

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a chronic condition that requires ongoing medical management and treatment. For comprehensive care from an experienced team, contact Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. by phone or book an appointment online today.