We found 5 providers with an interest in acid reflux and who accept First Health near Washington, DC.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Division of Gastroenterology
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Thomas Loughney specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Washington, DC. Dr. Loughney's education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Loughney include flexible sigmoidoscopy, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Loughney honors MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. He has received distinctions including Top Recommended Gastroenterologist, Washington Consumer Checkbook; Washingtonian Magazine Best Doctor, multiple years; and James Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching Internal Medicine. He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Pancreatic Cancer, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Biliary Disorders, Acid Reflux, Colon Cancer, Pancreas ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Pediatric Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; M2408
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Stanley Benjamin specializes in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Washington, DC. Dr. Benjamin's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Benjamin include colonoscopy, acid reflux (GERD), and esophagus problems. He accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and subsequently trained at National Naval Medical Center for residency. Dr. Benjamin has received the distinction of Member, "Academy of Medicine, Washington". He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road; 2nd Floor Main- Gastroenterology
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Caren Palese is an adult gastroenterologist in Washington, DC. Dr. Palese is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She trained at Georgetown University Hospital for her residency. She has a special interest in swallowing problems (dysphagia) and acid reflux (GERD). On average, patients gave her a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. She accepts several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. In addition to English, Dr. Palese (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. She is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Palese welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
2300 Eye Street, Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Shervin Shafa's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shafa speaks Spanish. Dr. Shafa's areas of expertise include colon cancer, colonoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Shafa is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Shafa is a graduate of East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Shafa's medical residency was performed at George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Shafa has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by Dr. Shafa's patients. Dr. Shafa takes several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Shafa has an open panel.

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Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Division of Gastrohterolgy
Washington, DC
 

Dr. John Carroll's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. Patient ratings for Dr. Carroll average 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include endoscopy and acid reflux (GERD). He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He honors several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Dr. Carroll is accepting new patients. His education and training includes medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin and residency at Georgetown University Hospital.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Endoscopy

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What is Acid Reflux (GERD)?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, abbreviated GERD and sometimes called acid reflux, happens when food and acid inside the stomach leak back up into the bottom of the throat. This causes a burning sensation, heartburn, and a bad taste or smell in the mouth. GERD is different from occasional heartburn in that it happens regularly, at least twice a week over several weeks.

GERD happens because the muscle around the bottom of the throat weakens. This can be caused by a shift in the placement of the stomach, as happens with a hiatal hernia. Other risk factors include obesity, pregnancy, the use of certain medications, and smoking.

A person with GERD will notice the obvious signs of heartburn and an acid feeling in their throat several times a week. Other symptoms can include a persistent cough, nausea, asthma, or a sore throat that doesn’t go away. If GERD is left untreated, it can cause problems in the lining of the throat, including ulcers and even cancer.

There are simple lifestyle changes that can be made to combat acid reflux:
  • Lose weight, if needed.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Eat small meals and don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Stay away from acidic foods and foods known to cause reflux such as fried food and coffee.

If those lifestyle changes aren’t enough, there are medications that can help. Antacids, medications that decrease acid production in the stomach, medications to help the stomach empty faster, and antibiotics can all be useful. In extreme cases, surgery can be performed to tighten the bottom of the esophagus.
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