Common signs and symptoms of esophagitis include:
- Difficult swallowing (dysphagia)
- Painful swallowing (odynophagia)
- Chest pain, particularly behind the breastbone, that occurs with eating
- Swallowed food becoming stuck in the esophagus (food impaction)
- Abdominal pain
- Decreased appetite
In young children, particularly those too young to explain their discomfort or pain, signs of esophagitis may include:
- Feeding difficulties
- Failure to thrive
When to see a doctor
Most signs and symptoms of esophagitis can be caused by a number of different conditions affecting the digestive system. See your doctor if signs or symptoms:
- Last more than a few days
- Don't improve or go away with over-the-counter antacids
- Are severe enough to make eating difficult
- Are accompanied by flu symptoms, such as headache, fever and muscle aches
- Are accompanied by shortness of breath or chest pain not triggered immediately with eating
Get emergency care if you:
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- Experience pain in your chest that lasts more than a few minutes
- Suspect you have food lodged in your esophagus
- Have a history of heart disease and experience chest pain
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