Next week, May 19-23, is National Eosinophilic Awareness Week. Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EE) is a gastrointestinal condition that is usually caused by food allergies. Since it is a relatively uncommon but growing condition, if EE affects you or someone you know, next week is a great time to raise awareness and share your story.
For those of you who are not familiar with EE, children that suffer from the condition follow severely restricted diets and rely on amino acid-based formulas such as Neocate for their nutritional needs.
Common symptoms include:
Nausea; Vomiting; Severe heartburn; Difficulty swallowing; and Weight loss.
If you are interested in getting more information About.com has a great article you can read.
As Allergy and Asthma month goes on throughout May, continue to use it as another way to get the word out about food allergies, and next week, focus on EE.