What is the treatment for eosinophilic esophagitis (EE)?

Gary W. Falk, MD
Eosinophilic esophagitis (EE) is a recently recognized disorder that is thought to stem from an allergic response to ingested foods. Treatment choices include 6 food elimination diet or topical steroids. Management is optimized by a collaborative team approach including gastroenterologists, allergists and dieticians.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis is an allergic condition which affects the esophagus. The goal of therapy is to reduce the inflammatory response in your esophagus.

A combined approach to treatment from your gastroenterologist, allergist, and dietician is often effective. Treatment typically includes diet modifications and oral medications such as, acid suppression and/or topical steroid preparations.

Louise Goldberg
Nutrition & Dietetics

The only successful long-term treatment is a diet that eliminates the food allergens that trigger the immune response. If the patient is closely monitored by an allergist and dietitian, an elimination and challenge diet may be helpful in determining which foods or ingredients trigger the reaction. In many cases, it can be more effective to initially switch to a liquid elemental formula to allow the esophagus time to heal completely before introducing any food again.

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