People suffering from EoE may modify their eating behavior or stay away from certain foods to avoid potential triggers. Explore what it's like to live with the disease, learn who can provide diagnosis, and see what management may involve.

What Does It Mean to
Live With EoE?

EoE can make mealtime difficult by making the simple act of eating
unpredictable. See if any of these coping mechanisms sound familiar to you:

  • Cutting food into tiny
  • Mixing food with sauces,
    gravy, or liquids
  • Drinking a lot of
    liquid to help food
    go down
  • Chewing for a long time
  • Avoiding sticky or dense
    foods like bread or meat
  • Avoiding food-oriented
  • Eating at home before
    going to food‑oriented

If any of this sounds familiar, talk to your doctor about your EoE symptoms,
and ask how the symptom tracker can help you follow your symptoms.

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Is This EoE Or Something Similar?

While EoE symptoms can be mistaken for a food allergy,
allergic reactions to food happen immediately.

With EoE, symptoms are delayed
and develop over time.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and
EoE may have similar symptoms, but they’re
different conditions. EoE needs to be managed
differently than GERD

How Can a Gastroenterologist Help With My EoE?

If your primary care doctor thinks you may have EoE, you may be referred to a gastroenterologist.

Gastroenterologists are doctors that specialize in the health of the digestive system and are equipped to diagnose EoE.

If your gastroenterologist thinks you may have EoE, they will perform an endoscopy and take samples from inside your esophagus. These results will confirm if it’s EoE.

A gastroenterologist may know a lot about EoE, but you’re the expert on how it’s affecting your life. Download our doctor discussion guide to help guide the conversation during your next appointment.

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Doctor Discussion Guide

Up to 75% of people living with EoE have a history of atopic disease (e.g., asthma, eczema, rhinitis) and environmental and/or food allergies.

How Is EoE Managed?

Living with EoE may not be easy. These are treatment options doctors may use to help manage the symptoms.

Most commonly, EoE is caused by food allergens. Eliminating certain allergens that trigger a response may help manage EoE symptoms. There are a few dietary strategies for this option—including elimination and elemental diets. Any dietary intervention should be done in consultation with a healthcare provider.

Proton Pump Inhibitors are typically used to treat a range of gastrointestinal disorders including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but are also commonly used for EoE. They can alleviate EoE symptoms too.

In EoE, topical steroids are swallowed or inhaled to act directly on the esophagus to help dampen inflammation. Some are taken as a slurry—a liquid with a thickener, such as a sweetener, to help it taste better or a powder that requires an inhaler.

This procedure occurs during an endoscopy and opens the esophagus by stretching it out. While this method can help avoid use of topical steroids, it does not treat the underlying inflammation.

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