Esophageal Scleroderma Treatments
There is no cure for esophageal or other types of scleroderma, but your physician can provide relief with certain treatments, including:
- Medications: Over-the-counter and prescription medication can control stomach acid production. Other medications promote better muscle activity in the esophagus.
- Pneumatic (balloon) dilation: Using an endoscope, a special balloon is passed through the mouth and into the esophagus, where it is inflated to stretch the restrictive muscles.
- Dietary changes:
- Eat slowly and chew thoroughly
- Eat soft or blended foods
- Avoid foods that stick in the throat
- Avoid alcohol and foods that cause gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), including greasy and fatty foods, spicy foods, chocolate, tobacco and caffeine
- Lifestyle changes:
- Stay upright after meals
- Raise the head of your bed
- Lose weight to reduce pressure on your abdomen
- Avoid tight-fitting clothing