Eosinophilic esophagitis [EE-oh-sin-oh-FILL-ick uh-sof-uh-JIE-tis] − “EoE” for short – is a chronic (long-term) allergic or immune condition of the esophagus. It can make eating difficult and painful. EoE affects people of all ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds. About 1 in 2,000 people have EoE. EoE causes swelling in your esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that moves food from your mouth to your stomach when you swallow. EoE happens when a large number of white blood cells called eosinophils [EE-oh-sin-oh-FILLS] collect and damage the inner lining of the esophagus.
This guide covers:
- Common signs and symptoms of EoE
- Diagnosing EoE
- Related conditions
- Treating EoE
- Nutrition with EoE
- Medicines and treatments
- Impact and support
This educational handout was developed independently by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and supported by Sanofi and Regeneron.
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