Preventing Esophagitis

Esophagitis cannot be prevented in all cases. To help reduce the risk for developing the condition, avoid heartburn triggers, do not smoke, and maintain a healthy weight.

Patients who have gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease (GERD) or a medical condition that suppresses the immune system (e.g., HIV/AIDS, cancer, lupus) should be sure to take all medications as directed.

Patients who are undergoing radiation therapy to the head, neck, or chest area should be sure to follow the instructions of their radiation oncology team.

Other ways to help prevent esophagitis include the following:

  • Do not ingest caustic substances (e.g., household cleaners, garden chemicals).
  • Take all oral medications with plenty of water and in an upright position.
  • Use all medications only as directed.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 16 Apr 2008

Last Modified: 14 Sep 2015