White blood cells that are significantly sensitive to allergic conditions like food allergies, dermatitis and rhinitis are called eosinophils. When there is an allergic reaction, the levels of eosinophils increased significantly. One such condition is known as eosinophilic esophagitis which is an inflamming of the esophagus caused by increased amounts of eosinophil in the bloodstream due to an allergic reaction. When this condition arises, food swallowing becomes very difficult.
Eosinophilic esophagitis, as with other allergic reactions, has been shown to be in response to food allergies. In particular, the allergy towards a food is due to various food proteins. Those individuals who are susceptible to eosinophilic esophagitis generally have pre-genetic disposition to food allergies, asthma, rhinitis or dermatitis.
Symptoms of Eosinophilic Esophagitis
The primary symptom of this condition is a problem in swallowing. This difficulty is generally experienced when an individual is trying to digest solid foods. However, there are other symptoms associated with this condition.
One of those conditions is the experiencing of heartburn or burning beneath the sternum. The symptom is typified by a significant burning sensation around the sternum or the breastbone. Generally, this burning sensation is extreme following the eating of a meal although it may be experienced even if the stomach is empty. Another symptom of this condition is vomiting during the actual eating of the meal. This vomiting is due the fact that reverse peristalsis take place. Another symptom of eosinophilic esophagitis is pain in the stomach and chest area. Again the symptoms manifest themselves during the eating a food.
Other symptoms can include loss in weight, loss or reduction in appetite or just the outright refusal of food. Additionally, because of an increased eosinophil count, there may be exhibited symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, general malaise, etc.
Natural Cures for Eosinophilic Esophagitis
The main focus as a cure for this inflammation of the esophagus is to identify and remove the food allergy that is at the root of this problem. This process is accomplished by physicians as they use what is termed as an diet of elimination to identify those allergens. This process is comprised of various stages.
The first stage is the performing of various tests are taken to test the blood and skin to help identify those specific food allergies that are manifesting this condition.
The following stage involves the removal of foods that have historically shown to be a source of allergens. Those food groups would include peanuts, dairy products, wheat, shellfish, soy, etc.
The third stage allows the individual calls for the person to be put on a liquid diet. This liquid diet is formulated from foods that do not contain proteins which in turn can trigger an allergic reaction. Once this step has been taken then typical foods are added to the diet with the purpose being to identify the added food which, when eaten, causes an allergic reaction.
In addition to this plan of treatment is the availability of various homeopathic drugs. These medications are used to reduce the symptoms associated with eosinophilic esophagitis. Therefore, Nux Vomica has been identified as one of the most effective medications to alleviate the symptoms of retrosternal burning and abdominal pain. Generally, this medication is prescribed in small potency amounts.
Another natural remedy that may help to alleviate some of the symptoms is a mixture turmeric and raw honey. Also, added to the mixture is freshly crushed garlic flakes. When this paste has been mixed together the individual is instructed to eat a small amount of this formulary anywhere from two to three times a day. The benefits derived from this paste are due to the anti-inflammatory processes associated with garlic and turmeric. This in turn will help to minimize the uncomfortable symptoms experienced. In addition, honey will have a comforting effect on the esophagus.
At this point in the medical time there is not much known about the condition known as eosinophilic esophagitis. Research continues to be conducted on individuals experiencing this painful condition.