A to Z: Esophagitisenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about conditions that affect the esophagus and upper gastrointestinal tract.Esophagitis, eosinophilic esophagitis, reflux esophagitis, drug-associated esophagitis, infectious esophagitis, esophageal candidiasis, candida esophagitis, herpes simplex esophagitis, herpetic esophagitis, medication-induced esophagitis, gastrointestinal tract, upper GI tract, esophagus, stomach, gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD, acid reflux, allergies, infections10/16/201304/01/201909/02/201913648b47-8bdc-4ea3-b8d3-355ec91a6d08https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-esophagitis.html/<p>Esophagitis (ih-sof-uh-JI-tis) is inflammation, irritation, or swelling of the esophagus.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The esophagus is the muscular tube that carries food and liquids from the mouth to the stomach. A number of different factors can cause the esophagus to become inflamed, irritated, or swollen. The most common cause of esophagitis is <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/gerd-reflux.html/">gastroesophageal reflux</a>, a condition in which stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. Other causes include <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/allergies-center.html/">allergic</a> reactions; reactions to certain oral medications (pills or other medicines that are swallowed); and infection by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites.</p> <p>Esophagitis can narrow the esophagus and cause symptoms such as difficult or painful swallowing, heartburn, chest pain, abdominal pain, nausea, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/">vomiting</a>, coughing, sore throat, and decreased appetite. It can also cause food to become lodged in the esophagus.</p> <p>If left untreated, esophagitis can increase the risk of more serious conditions.</p> <p>Treatment depends on what is causing the esophagitis and may include medicines to treat acid reflux, reduce allergic reactions, or fight infections. Lifestyle choices (such as losing weight, not smoking, and avoiding foods that cause allergic reactions or increase reflux) also can help control esophagitis.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Most of the conditions that cause esophagitis respond well to treatment. Esophagitis caused by oral medications usually heals within a few days after the medicine is changed or its use is stopped.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z Symptom: Sore ThroatA sore throat can be caused by many things, from viral and bacterial infections to seasonal allergies and gastroesophageal reflux.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-symptoms-sore-throat.html/1b29ea87-1eb3-49b8-9895-c53bf0b2a43f
A to Z: DuodenitisLearn more about diseases and conditions of the stomach and digestive system.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-duodenitis.html/0e149301-94cc-437b-a7ff-d43969b877de
A to Z: Eosinophilic EsophagitisLearn about allergic reactions and diseases of the esophagus and gastrointestinal tract.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-eosinophilic.html/d285ebd6-4b35-4283-8870-74ff107bcadf
A to Z: GastritisLearn more about diseases and conditions of the stomach and digestive system.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-gastritis.html/fa67a6bf-1919-47d1-b687-bc52c4113764
Digestive SystemThe digestive process starts even before the first bite of food. Find out more about the digestive system and how our bodies break down and absorb the food we eat.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/digestive.html/f2005e0d-6586-4e09-94e7-65388be2bb40
Gastroesophageal RefluxWhen symptoms of heartburn or acid indigestion happen a lot, it could be gastroesophageal reflux (GER). And it can be a problem for kids - even newborns.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/gerd-reflux.html/e7bf2cbd-1676-4ca9-a5d4-5d70052c0344
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)Gastroesophageal reflux disease doesn't just affect old people who eat too much while watching TV. Active, healthy teens can have GERD too.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/gerd.html/a2ccead6-1b16-4eaf-9861-18e46ecd611b
Helicobacter pyloriH. pylori bacteria can cause digestive illnesses, including gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/h-pylori.html/de8ded73-3d39-47b3-a1ba-9404b2011122
Peptic UlcersMany people think that spicy foods cause ulcers, but the truth is that bacteria are the main culprit. Learn more about peptic ulcers.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/peptic-ulcers.html/d1fea5a9-4989-42dc-b240-dfd8be814e0d
Pyloric StenosisPyloric stenosis can make a baby vomit forcefully and often. It can lead to serious problems like dehydration, and needs medical treatment right away.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pyloric-stenosis.html/f4f9ad04-3e24-4290-9b0d-6d6d50fce04c
UlcersDoctors once thought that stress, spicy foods, and alcohol caused most stomach ulcers. But ulcers are actually caused by a particular bacterial infection, by certain medications, or from smoking. Read all about ulcers.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/ulcers.html/cd11f639-3444-47e4-ad4f-e614479a4f6a
Your Digestive SystemThe digestive system breaks down the food you eat. Learn how in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/digestive-system.html/2a59b1c6-c783-4de0-bb89-75a822f14849