This section provides you with a guidance in case you suffer from a complete food blockage in your esophagus. 


Please remember that a complete food blockage represents an emergency situation and might be potentially dangerous for your life. Please find here practical steps:

Do not try to induce vomiting as this can lead to esophageal perforation

If the blocked food does not get dislodged spontaneously within 30 minutes after blockage, please go to the nearest emergency station in a hospital.

Take an empty bottle and spit the saliva you can no longer swallow into the bottle

Tell the healthcare professionals that you have an eosinophilic esophagitis.

Demand that the blocked food be removed by flexible endoscopy offered by a gastroenterologist. In some hospitals, surgeons also offer a removal of blocked food under general anesthesia by rigid esophagoscopy. A rigid esophagoscopy should be avoided as it is associated with a higher risk for esophageal perforation (leakage of the esophagus) when compared to a flexible esophagoscopy. The majority of patients suffering a complete food blockage can be treated by flexible endoscopy under sedation.

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