One of the symptoms of eosinophilic oesophagitis can be reflux that does not respond to anti-acid medication. GERD/GORD (acid reflux disease) is associated with low numbers of eosinophils in the oesophagus. With eosinophilic oesophagitis, the number of eosinophils seen is much higher and remains elevated despite treatment with acid reflux medication. It is not uncommon for a patient suffering from reflux symptoms of eosinophilic oesophagitis to also be prescribed acid reflux medication. The doctor will determine which, if any, medications are appropriate for each individual.
Below is some general information about reflux.
Reflux in Adults
Heartburn or reflux happens when the contents of the stomach back up into the oesophagus, causing a burning sensation. Most healthy people experience heartburn from time to time. Pregnant women can also experience heartburn. Overweight people can suffer from constant heartburn, which often leads to complications. Antacid is a suitable treatment for healthy people, but severe heartburn requires medical attention.
Reflux in Babies and Children
Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR/reflux) occurs when stomach contents (comprising food and stomach acid) flows back into the oesophagus (food pipe). This can commonly be seen with babies who posset following a feed, although it can be so much more than that. Gastro-oesophageal reflux can range in severity from being an occasional nuisance, to being severe and debilitating; it can also improve or worsen for a variety of reasons, with a child having good or bad days or weeks.
Not all children suffering from reflux actually vomit; some may have what is termed ‘silent’ reflux - where the stomach contents only come part way up the oesophagus. Any form of reflux may disturb the child and cause problems.
Source: Reflux Infants Support Association Inc. (RISA) ; for more information and additional resource please visit their website.
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