We found 6 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 is a gastroenterologist. Before performing his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Dr. Loughney attended Georgetown University School of Medicine. His clinical interests include flexible sigmoidoscopy, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and ERCP (biliary and pancreatic endoscopy). Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Loughney accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include 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 welcomes 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, who practices in Washington, DC, is a medical specialist in adult gastroenterology and pediatric gastroenterology. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. In his practice, he is particularly interested in colonoscopy, acid reflux (GERD), and esophagus problems. Dr. Benjamin is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing his residency at National Naval Medical Center, Dr. Benjamin attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Benjamin has received the distinction of Member, "Academy of Medicine, Washington". He is affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 2nd Floor
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Caren Palese is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Washington, DC. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Palese's areas of expertise include the following: swallowing problems (dysphagia) and acid reflux (GERD). She is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. She accepts MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Palese is accepting new patients. She attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She trained at Georgetown University Hospital for her residency. Dr. Palese (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German.

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All Interests: Acid Reflux, Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
3800 Reservoir Road Nw; Main Hospital, Suite 2210
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Shervin Shafa's specialty is adult gastroenterology. Dr. Shafa has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Shafa's areas of clinical interest consist of colon cancer, colonoscopy, and acid reflux (GERD). Dr. Shafa is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Shafa is an in-network provider for MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shafa welcomes new patients. Before performing Dr. Shafa's residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Shafa attended East Carolina University, The Brody School of Medicine. Dr. Shafa speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, Esophagus Problems

Specializes in General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery
106 Irving Street Nw; Suite 301
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Ivanesa Pardo Lameda's areas of specialization are general surgery and bariatric surgery. She completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with Indiana University. In Dr. Pardo Lameda's practice, she is particularly interested in gallbladder problems, hernia surgery, and robotic surgery. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, TRICARE, and more. She speaks Spanish. Dr. Pardo Lameda is affiliated with MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Hernia Surgery, Acid Reflux, Gallbladder Problems, Weight Loss Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. John Carroll is a gastroenterologist. In his practice, he is particularly interested in endoscopy and acid reflux (GERD). Patient reviews placed Dr. Carroll at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including MAMSI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. Before completing his residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. Carroll attended medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin. He is professionally affiliated with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Carroll is open to new patients.

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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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