This is an inflammatory condition of the esophagus – or swelling of the throat. The symptoms of EoE in our Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Canyon City patients range from food sticking in the throat and difficulty swallowing to recurrent vomiting and regurgitation. In children there can be problems with growth due to nutritional limitations. The symptoms can require emergency therapy to remove food that is stuck.
Foods seem to be a trigger for Eosinophilic Esophagitis in many patients at our clinics in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Canyon City. In pediatric studies 96% of patients had control of symptoms by implementing an elemental diet. 80% responded well to the elimination of 6 food groups (egg, milk, wheat, soy, peanut/tree nut, fish/shellfish).
Of course these diets for Eosinophilic Esophagitis are very hard to implement in adults and older children. But, one well controlled study of 67 adults avoiding milk, egg, cereal, fish/shellfish, peanut/legumes, and soy showed a 73% response rate. With reintroduction of foods over the period of several weeks showed that 36% had only one trigger and 31% had 3 or more triggers. Skin testing and blood testing may be useful in identifying triggers of eosinophilic esophagitis.
Medical therapies for EoE are successful as well. Many patients can control Eosinophilic Esophagitis symptoms by swallowing tiny doses of steroids. If you’re interested in this form of treatment, come by one of our 4 offices in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Canyon City.
Success in treating EoE requires a personalized approach. At The Food Allergy Center of Asthma & Allergy Associates, PC in Colorado Springs, you can have that. We have board-certified allergists and qualified nursing staff and a nutritionist to come up with the best plan for your Eosinophilic Esophagitis treatment.