Oesophagitis means your oesophagus is inflamed.

The lining of an inflamed oesophagus looks red and sore. If your oesophagus is inflamed, you may get ulcers and, due to scar tissue, this can lead to a narrowing or ‘stricture’ in your oesophagus,
which can make it hard for you to swallow.

As we explain above, the most common cause of oesophagitis is reflux. However, there are other causes such as infections, damage from medications and damage caused by other diseases.

The treatment for oesophagitis normally involves acid-suppressant medication. If you develop a stricture this can be stretched (this is often called a dilatation). You may be able to have other treatment depending on the cause, for example treatment for an infection.

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