Esophagitis

Esophagitis is an inflammation of the lining of the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach. If the inside lining of your esophagus becomes inflamed, you may experience pain or problems with swallowing.

Like acid reflex, frequent vomiting can cause acid burn in the esophagus. While suffering from esophagitis:

  • Avoid spicy foods such as those with pepper, chili powder, curry and nutmeg.
  • Avoid hard foods such as nuts, crackers and raw vegetables.
  • Avoid acidic foods and beverages such as tomatoes, oranges, grapefruits and their juices. Instead, try imitation fruit drinks with vitamin C.
  • Add more soft foods such as applesauce, cooked cereals, mashed potatoes, custards, puddings and high protein shakes to your diet.

As the authors of “Dying to be Thin” explain, “Esophagitis is sometimes severe enough to cause scarring and narrowing. This passageway can become so narrow that it is difficult for food to pass through. The physical stress of vomiting can cause tears in the lining of the esophagus. These tears may bleed massively or cause the esophagus to rupture. This is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention.”

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