Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an allergic reaction of the food tube to either foods or inhalants. The allergic reaction causes swelling, inflammation and long term scarring of the esophagus, the food tube connecting the mouth and stomach.
According to the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders, eosinophilic esophagitis is a rare disease, but increasing in prevalence with an estimated 1 out of 2,000 people affected.
What are the Symptoms of Eosinophilic Esophagitis?
Initially, eosinophilic esophagitis was most often see in infants, but more recently, it's been seen with increasing frequency in adults.
In the early stages of this condition, patients often experience intermittent episodes of heartburn and reflux.
Over time, the swelling and inflammation from the allergic reaction and irritation may cause difficulty swallowing and occasionally food trapping, where food becomes stuck in the esophagus.