Conditions that can increase your risk of eosinophilic esophagitis include:

  • Climate. Living in a cold or dry climate.
  • Season. May be more likely diagnosed between the spring and fall, probably because levels of pollen and other allergens are higher and people are more prone to be outdoors.
  • Sex. More common in males than in females.
  • Family history. If family members have eosinophilic esophagitis, you have a greater chance of being diagnosed.
  • Allergies and asthma. If you have food or other allergies, or asthma, you are more likely to be diagnosed.
  • Age. Originally thought to be a childhood disease, but now is known to be common in adults as well. However, the symptoms differ somewhat.
June 19, 2014