Esophagitis is caused by an infection or irritation of the esophagus. Infections that cause esophagitis include candida yeast infection of the esophagus as well as herpes. Signs and symptoms of esophagitis include cough, mouth sores, chest pain, bad breath, sore throat, heartburn, and difficulty swallowing.
Treatment of esophagitis includes diet, lifestyle changes, and medication depending upon the cause.Read more: Esophagitis Article
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