Cause 2: The Role of Food Allergies
A surprising revelation in the EoE sphere is the potent role of food allergies. Certain foods, when consumed, can lead the immune system astray. This misdirection results in the body reacting adversely to seemingly benign foods. Dairy products, eggs, grains, soy, nuts, and certain seafood have all been identified as frequent culprits.
For many patients, consuming these foods is a regular affair, making the link to EoE less obvious. It’s often a systematic elimination diet, where suspected foods are removed, that provides clarity. During such diets, many notice a decrease or even a complete cessation of their symptoms.
But the complexity lies in pinpointing the exact food or foods causing the flare-up. Medical guidance, along with detailed food diaries, can aid in this detective work. Over time, patterns emerge, shedding light on the problematic foods. (2)